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Italy to hold state funeral for first victims of earthquake

Some of the victims of the devastating earthquake which struck central Italy will be laid to rest tomorrow, as the Italian government declared a national day of mourning.

The extent of the damage in Pescara del Tronto Credit: Reuters

Flags will fly at half-mast tomorrow at all public offices to honour those killed.

The funeral will be held in Ascoli Piceno and led by Bishop Giovanni D'Ercole, honouring the 49 victims who came from the tiny town of Arquata del Tronto and nearby hamlet Pescara del Tronto.

At least 267 people, including three Brits, have been confirmed dead since Wednesday's quake.

According to Italian news agency ANSA, Italian President Sergio Mattarella will be at the funeral.

Parents of British teen killed in Italy earthquake injured

The mother of the 14-year-old British boy killed in the devastating earthquake in central Italy is suffering from facial injuries including a broken nose, ITV News understands.

The boy's father is being treated for a broken leg.

Central Italy has been devastated by the quake Credit: Reuters

Three Britons, including the teenager, are believed to be among the 267 confirmed dead in the region, which was left devastated by a 6.2-magnitude quake on Wednesday and dozens of aftershocks in the following days.


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