Chichester joins tribute to those killed in Tunisia terror attack

A beach in Tunisia close to the scene of last week's terrorist attack
A beach in Tunisia close to the scene of last week's terrorist attack

RELIGIOUS leaders across the Chichester Diocese and members of Chichester District Council will be holding a minute silence in tribute of the people slaughtered during last week’s terrorist attack in Tunisia.

Rt Rev Bishop Martin Warner is urging as many people to join the national silence, which will take place at midday today (Friday, July 3).

Bishop Martin Warner Bishop of Chichester - Picture contributed by Jim Holden

Bishop Martin Warner Bishop of Chichester - Picture contributed by Jim Holden

He said: “The events on and around the beach in Tunisia are truly appalling and yet, even in the midst of such terror and profound loss, there are remarkable stories of fortitude, generosity and compassion.

“I am sure that communities across the diocese will pause for a moment on Friday to remember those who have died, pray for those who are injured and remember all of their loved ones whose lives have been changed forever. Whatever you may be doing please remember to pause and pray. “

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.

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.