Mourners have held a minute's silence at Tunisian beach resort in tribute to the 38 victims of one of the worst-ever attack on the country's soil. 

The ceremony, organised by the British embassy on Friday and attended by Prime Minister Habib Essid, came exactly a week after a Tunisian student killed 38 tourists - 30 from Britain - at the popular Port el Kantaoui holiday destination.

The bodies of 17 British victims have already been transported home, with the remaining victims set for repatriation in the coming days.

A minute's silence was also held in London on Friday, led by Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister David Cameron. 


RELATED: Foreign tourists fly out after Tunisia killings



The Tunisian beach ceremony was attended by the ministers of foreign affairs, tourism, health and youth and sports, flanked by a sizeable police presence.
 
Some tourists, yet to return home after last week's massacre, laid flowers in the sand as a plaque commemorating the dead was unveiled. 

Tunisia announced on Thursday that it had arrested eight people, including a woman, "with direct links" to the gun attack.

Source: Agencies