At a ceremony at the UN headquarters in New York on the occasion of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, the medal was awarded to Adil Khtira who died on 7 September 2015 while serving in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), as well as El Hachmi Khalad and Kamal Tahiri, who were serving in the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) when they made the supreme sacrifice on January 27, 2015.
The decoration was also awarded to Abdelilah El Baghazaoui who died on February 2, 2015 while serving in the UNOCI, and Driss Zarrik, who died on November 11, 2015 while serving under the banner of the same mission.
The medal was presented to Morocco’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Abderrazzak Laassel.
With more than 2,300 peacekeepers, the Kingdom is currently the 15th troop contributor to United Nations peace operations.
The International Day of U.N. Peacekeepers was established by the General Assembly in 2002, in tribute to all men and women serving in peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, dedication and courage, and to honor the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace.