Italy to hold state funeral for shipwreck victims

Italy will hold a state funeral for the victims of a shipwreck off the southern island of Lampedusa last week, Prime Minister Enrico Letta said on Wednesday. So far, 232 asylum-seekers have been confirmed dead. Between 450 and 500 were reported to have been on board when the boat caught fire and sunk.

Italy to hold state funeral for shipwreck victims
An unidentified tomb of an asylum-seeker inside the cemetery of Lampedusa. Photo: Roberto Salomone/AFP

Letta said that Italy would also boost funding to help migrants, including many unaccompanied minors.

"Italy will do its part but this is a European tragedy," he said, adding that the refugee wreck was the worst ever in the Mediterranean.

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