Tunisia and Algeria commemorated today the 45th anniversary of a bloody incident that occurred in Sakiet Sidi Youssef, a city located on the border between the countries that witnessed an attack on Tunisian soil as part of the Algerian War of Independence.
On February 8, 1958, the French army bombarded the central market of the town, located in the mountainous border region close to the Tunisian city of Kef.
The French saw Sakiet Sidi Youssef as a threat to its forces due to the support Algerian fighters were receiving from Tunisians – who sheltered Algerian militants and members of the Algerian Nationalist Front of Liberation fighting against the French occupation. The bombing resulted in over 70 casualties, among them Tunisian civilians (including children) and Algerian refugees.
This year, the commemoration ceremony was attended by Minister of the Interior Ali Laarayedh and Minister of Industry and Trade Mohamed Lamine Chakhari. Said Abadou, the current secretary general of the Algerian National Organization of Moudjahidine (a term designating fighters in the Algerian War of Independence), and Mohamed Cherif Abbes, an Algerian politician and former secretary general of the same organization, were also present to celebrate the occasion.
The event was held at the Cultural Center of Sakiet Sidi Youssef, where Tunisian and Algerian representatives delivered speeches and exchanged salutations on behalf of both the Tunisian and Algerian peoples.