19 April 2014

Tunisia: National Army Martyr Chawki Ben Khelifa Laid to Rest in Cemetery of Ben Arous

Ben Arous, — The funeral of Tunisian national army martyr Chawki Ben Khelifa took place on Saturday afternoon in the Cemetery of Sidi Mosbah in Ben Arous, in the presence of a large number of citizens.

Army Chief of Staff, Brigadier General Mohamed Salah Hamdi and senior army and national security officers as well as regional and local executives, particularly the Governor of Ben Arous attended the funeral.

The memorial service of the martyr took place on Saturday morning at an official ceremony at El Aouina barracks, in the presence of the caretaker President, the President of the National Constituent Assembly and the interim Prime Minister.

The body of the deceased was later taken to his parents' home in Mornag, Governorate of Ben Arous.

In an atmosphere of sorrow and grief, the parents of the victim of terrorism accompanied the body of their son carried in a military vehicle and wrapped in the national flag.

The martyr, who lived in the town of Menzel Jemil, Bizerte, was killed Friday in a landmine explosion in the military zone of Mount Chaambi where terrorist groups were holed up.

Soldier Chawki Ben Khelifa had been in the army since 2005 and was posthumously promoted Master Corporal.

He was aged 29, married and father of an 8-month-old baby girl.

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