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More MH17 bodies arrive in Netherlands

AFP , Thursday 24 Jul 2014
Ukrainian Emergency Ministry employees prepare to load the coffins holding remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster, onto a military plane in Kharkiv airport, Ukraine, Thursday, 24 July, 2014. (Photo:AP)
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Planes carrying more bodies recovered from the MH17 crash site in Ukraine were flown to the Netherlands on Thursday, a day after the first of the 298 dead arrived.

Two planes carrying a total of 74 coffins landed at Eindhoven in the south of the country, from where they are to be taken to a military barracks in Hilversum, near Amsterdam, for forensic examination and identification.

The coffins will be given the same military honours as the 40 coffins that arrived on Wednesday.

They will be placed in individual hearses as during the ceremony Wednesday, a Dutch national day of mourning.

The Netherlands lost 193 citizens in the crash, and is also heading the investigation of the other dead from a total of 11 countries.

Dutch police said that 80 forensic experts from Germany, Belgium, Britain, Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand, and Malaysia were helping 120 Dutch with the task of identification, which could take months.

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