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Chahed designates March 7 of each year "National Day of Victory over Terrorism" as he visits Ben Guerdane

Published the:  07/03/2018

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(TAP) - Visiting Ben Guerdane on Wednesday, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed decided to designate March 7 of each year "National Day of Victory over Terrorism".

"This great episode has come to write a new chapter in the militant history of the Tunisian people for the glory and integrity of the country," Chahed said on the 2nd anniversary of Ben Guerdane's epic battle.

"The city of Ben Guerdane is now rooted in the hearts and minds of all Tunisians," he added.

"This victory is unequalled even in countries that have fought against terrorism," he pointed out.

"This epic is a masterful lesson that has echoed beyond the borders of Tunisia. It carries a highly significant message that the war on terror is not only the preserve of the military and security forces, but is also motivated by the deep conviction of the people that this battle is that of their survival," he added.

Chahed said "March 7, 2016 was a turning point in the fight against terrorism and an important step on the road to victory against the dark forces".

"The insignia of loyalty and sacrifice that President Béji Caid Essebsi had decided to create represent in many respects a testimony of gratitude for the sacrifices and services provided by the armed forces in the fight against terrorism and a reward for all those who have been directly affected by this phenomenon," he added.

Accompanied by the Minister of National Defence, the Minister of State Property and Land Affairs and the Deputy Secretary General of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT), the Prime Minister went to the Sidi Khelifa cemetery in Ben Guerdane where he recited the Fatiha (opening verses of the Quran) in memory of the Tunisians who fell as martyrs during these events.

He then inaugurated a memorial erected at the entrance of the city of Ben Guerdane to immortalise the epic of Ben Guerdane.

On March 7, 2016 at dawn, terrorist groups attacked a military barracks and two districts of the Ben Guerdane National Security and Guard stations.

The clashes between the security and military forces and the terrorists had left 50 attackers dead and 13 martyrs among the security and military.

Seven civilians were also killed at these events, according to official sources.

Seven attackers were arrested.

These simultaneous attacks were aimed at destabilising the country's security system and creating a "Daesh" emirate in the region