UK fell silent at noon to pay respects to Tunisia massacre victims

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Cordon Press
Flowers remain on the beach near the RIU Imperial Marhaba hotel in Sousse, Tunisia

AT 12 noon on Friday July 3, the UK stopped to remember those who died on the beach in Sousse, Tunisia. A minute’s silence paid respect to the 38 victims, 30 of whom were British.
Flags at Buckingham Palace and Whitehall were at half-mast, tennis was delayed while Wimbledon fell silent, while police officers across the UK stopped to observe the memorial.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were on a visit to the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, where they marked the silence, as did Prime Minister David Cameron in his constituency in Oxfordshire.
A ceremony was also held at the scene of the massacre, allowing witnesses who are still present in Sousse, families of victims who’ve made the journey to the site, and local people, to pay their respects.
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has confirmed that 30 of the victims have now been identified as British, and that this will be the final figure for British deaths at the horrific scene.
Further flights are scheduled on Friday and Saturday to bring home the bodies of the victims to Britain, 17 having so far been repatriated on special RAF flights.

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