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Published the:  31/08/2016

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August 31, 2016 – TAP – President Beji Caid Essebsi chaired, Wednesday at Carthage Palace, the first Cabinet meeting of the newly sworn-in government, in the presence of Prime Minister Youssef Chahed and members of his cabinet.

The meeting took stock of the security situation in the country, including counter-terrorism operations that are underway in the governorate of Kasserine.

The meeting welcomed the efforts of the armed forces in their fight against terrorism and paid tribute to the martyrs of the military. They are: Amen Thamri, Moataz Khemissi and Montasser Boulahmi who fell as martyrs last Monday during clashes with a terrorist group in Mount Semmama.

Tribute was also paid to the young Motlak Aïdoudi (16 years) who died today at dawn in the security operation in the city Al Karma, Kasserine.

Furthermore, the meeting addressed the tragic road accident that occurred Wednesday in Khmouda, in delegation of Foussana (Kasserine) and that cost the lives of many civilians.

The Cabinet expressed its condolences to the families of the victims.

According to a statement from the Cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed ordered an immediate investigation to detail the circumstances of the accident, determine responsibilities and take the necessary action.

The Prime Minister also decided to send to the scene a team of Ministers composed of the Minister of National Defence, the Minister of Public Health and the Transport Minister.

According to a latest toll provided by the Interior Department, the accident that took place on Wednesday in Khmouda, delegation of Foussana (Kasserine) has killed 16 people and wounded 85.

The accident occurred when the brakes of a truck carrying cement failed. The vehicle skidded and first collided with a bus of the regional transport company of Kasserine, before hitting a high voltage electric pole that fell on several cars. Fourteen vehicles caught fire, besides the truck behind the accident.

The area where the accident took place was particularly busy on Wednesday which is the weekly market day.