THE Union flag outside the Civic Centre in Littlehampton is flying at half mast today (July 3) in tribute to those murdered during last week’s terrorist atrocity in Tunisia.
Arun District Council is urging townsfolk to join the national minute’s silence at midday today, to mark the atrocity, which left 30 British national dead, last Friday (June 26).
The nationwide silence comes a week after the shooting on a beach in Sousse which saw gunman Seiffedine Rezgui walk on to the El Kantaoui resort and open fire, killing 38 people.
It was the worst terrorist attack against UK citizens since the July 7 bombings in London, in 2005.
Rezqui was killed by Tunisian police not long after beginning his callous killing spree.
So far the bodies of 17 victims have been repatriated all being flown to RAF Brize Norton.
More are expected to return on today and tomorrow.
The Tunisian authorities have arrested a number of people in connection with the shooting, which is believed to have been organised by terrorist group Islamic State (IS).
Yesterday saw a response from the Government’s defence minister Michael Fallon who urged Parliament to support stepping up the UK’s aerial bombing campaign against IS fighters in Syria.
Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday, Mr Fallon told MPs they should ‘be in absolutely no doubt the people who perpetrated the murders of our constituents are going to be tracked down, whether they’re in Libya, Syria or anywhere else’.
The RAF is currently supporting allied forces in bombing strategic IS strongholds in Iraq.
Previously, the Prime Minister David Cameron ruled out a ground assault by British troops in either Iraq or Syria.
The Church of England has issued four prayers ahead of the time of remembrance.
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