Bizerte — A funeral ceremony was held on Saturday at the barracks of Remadia, Menzel Jemil, Bizerte, in tribute to Warrant Officers Ali Ben Abdallah el-May and Rabah Ouadi who were martyred the day before in Mount Chaambi. The ceremony was attended by Caretaker President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Moncef Marzouki, President of the National Constituent Assembly (NCA) Mustapha Ben Jaafar and Interim Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa.
During the ceremony, Marzouki expressed, in his own name and on behalf of the Tunisian people, his sincere condolences to the families of martyrs and paid tribute to the National Army, with all its units for the great sacrifices it is constantly making to preserve the sovereignty of Tunisia, defend its territorial integrity and fight against terrorism.
"The fight against terrorism is a second war for liberation. It will be long, painful and difficult," said the President of the Republic, expressing conviction that this war will be victorious, thanks to the devotion of Tunisia's brave soldiers, the mobilisation of state institutions and the vigilance of the Tunisian people.
Martyrs Ali el-May and Rabah Aouadi were made Officer and Knight of the Order of the Republic, respectively, and posthumously promoted adjutant-major.
Martyr Rabah Aouadi was also decorated with the military medal.
Adjutant-major Ali el-May was buried at the Cemetery of Mateur (Bizerte), while Adjutant-major Rabeh Aouadi was buried at the Cemetery of Gammarth.
The two adjutants of the national army were killed on Friday as a mine exploded on a convey of armoured vehicles in a trail in the southern side of Chaambi, inside the closed military zone.
The convoy was conducting a sweeping operation in the area to "clean its trails."