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Tunisia attack inquest: 30 Britons 'unlawfully killed'

The 30 British victims of the Sousse terror attack. Credit: ITV News

All 30 British victims of the 2015 Tunisia terror attacker were "unlawfully killed", the coroner has said.

Coroner Nicholas Loraine-Smith rejected calls from lawyers for some of the victim's relatives to rule "neglect" by travel firm TUI or the hotel owners played a role in their killing.

He said the law on neglect did not, in his view, apply to tourists who voluntarily went abroad and that better planning and actions by hotel staff may not have prevented the atrocity in which 38 people were killed by radicalised Islamic extremist Seifeddine Rezgui.

In his summary, the coroner referred to the response of police and military, including an officer who "fainted through terror and panic" and a guard who took off his shirt to hide the fact he was an officer.

"They had everything they required to confront the gunman and could have been at the scene within minutes," he said.

"The delay was deliberate and unjustifiable."

Judge to deliver conclusions at Tunisia inquest

The families of the British victims of the Tunisia terror attack are expected to gather today, to hear the final chapter of the inquest into their deaths.

Credit: Gwent Police

Trudy Jones, from Blackwood, was among the 30 Britons killed when extremist Seifeddine Rezgui opened fire in Sousse in June 2015, shooting 38 people dead.

The inquest into the deaths of his British victims at the five-star Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel began at the Royal Courts of Justice last month.

Andrew Ritchie QC, counsel to the families of the victims, said last week that Judge Loraine-Smith, who is sitting as coroner, should consider a "neglect" conclusion, arguing that there had been "gross neglect" on the part of the TUI travel company.


Nearly 400 Syrian refugees resettled in Wales

397 Syrian refugees have been resettled in Wales Credit: Owen Humphreys PA Archive/PA Images

The number of refugees from Syria who have been resettled in Wales has reached 397, according to new figures from the Home Office.

Conwy and Denbighshire became the latest local authority areas to resettle refugees under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme.

Oxfam Cymru have welcomed the figures, adding that for many in Syria the situation remains "desperate".

We welcome the fact that local authorities in Wales are continuing to play their part in this effort, welcoming many more refugees to communities right across the country.

– Matthew Hemsley, Campaigns and Advocacy Manager for Oxfam Cymru


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