Flags at half mast after Italy migrant boat sinking

Flags are at half mast across Italy to mark the death of more than 100 migrants Credit: Reuters

Flags are flying at half mast in Italy as the country marks a day of mourning following the death of more than 100 migrants who drowned at sea.

More than 300 people are believed to have died in one of the worst tragedies in Europe's decades-long migrant crisis.

Italian senators have held a minute of silence to honour the hundreds of victims of the boat accident on Friday morning.

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Lampedusa death toll rises

Authorities say a further 38 bodies have been recovered following the Lampedusa boat tragedy, taking the death toll to 232. A boat carrying migrants sank off the Italian island of Lampedusa last week.