World mourns MH17 crash victims as body recovery continues

Flowers and plush toys are left at the site of the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur in Grabove, eastern Ukraine, on July 19, 2014. (AFP Photo / Dominique Faget)

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The fragments of Malaysian Airlines MH17 flight and the bodies of victims in the tragic crash were scattered over a space of several square kilometers including residential area in eastern Ukraine. Local residents were among those sharing the shock and burden of having to deal with the bodies, and many adorned the site of the crash with flowers on Saturday.

“By 7 am on July 19, 186 bodies have been found. The area that needs to be checked stands at 25 square kilometers. Eighteen square km have already been checked,” Ukraine’s Emergencies Ministry spokesman, Andriy Lysenko, announced on Saturday.

The operation to recover bodies continues with renewed speculation that anti-Kiev forces controlling the region both have interfered with the investigation and not sealed off the area. OSCE observers at the scene complained about over vigilant self-defense fighters at the scene, but admitted they were providing some security.

“What we see here is that there is certain security as you witnessed yourself at the perimeter, and that there is now also work being done on the bodies, they are being collected, being brought to the road,” Alexander Hug, Deputy Head of OSCE mission told AP.

Refuting reports of interfering with the crash site, Donetsk People’s Republic PM Aleksandr Boroday said locals adhered to international demands to leave the site intact but added that there was an urgent humanitarian need to take care of decomposing bodies.

Indeed, locals have said there is a smell coming from the debris. “Now you can smell this odor over here – there are no words to describe it,” local Dmitry said, while some others earlier admitted carrying body parts to the crash site.

While Kiev accused anti-government forces of virtually ransacking the crash site and transferring corpses to Donetsk , suggesting they were trying to “get rid of evidence,” local emergency workers were loading them on trucks on Saturday – to be sent to Mariupol, where they can be stored in refrigerators.

As the international aviation inspectors are due to arrive at the crash site, the whereabouts of the plane’s flight recorders has still not been confirmed despite earlier unverified reports that they had been recovered.

Worldwide grief

All on board the MH17 flight – 298 in total – died in the tragedy, among them 193 Dutch nationals and 43 Malaysians. As pictures and passenger possessions have been collected from around the wreckage, among them an “I love Amsterdam” t-shirt and a child’s toy monkey, a cross-border outpouring of grief from the relatives and friends of victims gripped the world.

Alongside the victims from the Netherlands and Malaysia, families from eight other countries were left mourning – including , Australia, Indonesia, Germany, Belgium, Philippines, Canada, New Zealand and the UK.

The Malaysian airport has been the site of a great deal of mourning already this year, being four months since the disappearance of MH370 on March 8 2014. However, by Saturday, crowds had begun to disperse. “Inside…nothing speaks of the horrible tragedy of Thursday – it works without disruptions,” said RT’s Aleksey Yaroshevsky from Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

“This is different to the situation in March when the other Malaysian airlines jet went missing – relatives of those on board were literally besieging the Malaysian airlines offices,” he said.

Intimate candlelight vigil here in Kuala Lumpur for the 298 souls aboard #MH17 pic.twitter.com/rtBpFWf774

— David Wright (@WrightUps) July 19, 2014

On Saturday however a group of some 30 people lit candles and set placards in a vigil for the families of those in the tragedy.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak confirmed on Saturday that his step-grandmother had been aboard the plane. “I personally share the grief of the families on board MH17,” Najib wrote in a Tweet. “My step-grandmother was one of the passengers.”

Malaysia said on Saturday that Russia was trying its best to ensure unhindered access to the site of the crash. “They are trying their level best to assist Malaysia to ensure we have a safe site,” Najib told reporters.

Meanwhile, some 50 former high school classmates of a flight attendant, Nur Shazana Mohamed Salleh, gathered at a mosque Saturday in Putrajaya, a district just outside Kuala Lumpur, to pay respects to the victims.

“From the ages of 13 to 17, we did everything together,” Nik, the organizer of the gathering told AP. “We’re all like sisters. May God bless her and others on the plane.”

At the same time in the Netherlands where the flight originated from, people continue to flock outside of Schipol airport, to pay their condolences to a total of 189 Dutch people who were among the dead.

As flowers lay outside the Dutch capital’s main airport, dedicated to the airplane crash victims, condolences were made in ink as people signed a book which has been left open for anyone to sign their commiserations in.

International investigation pending

The international community has been expressing concerns over the crash site’s integrity, with Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans, during a Meeting with Ukrainian president on Saturday, expressing his “shock” over reports of mishandling of the victims’ bodies and “the site not being treated properly.”

Russia in the meantime has encouraged the safe access of international experts to the site of the tragedy. US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov have agreed that “it is necessary to provide a totally impartial, independent and open international investigation into the disaster.”

“Clarification of the circumstances of this incident should be organized under the leadership of ICAO and with the participation of all who are willing to help in establishing the truth,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

In the meantime only the team of OSCE inspectors were working at the scene two days after the crash. A team of at least 10 investigators, including forensic experts and air accident investigators are in Ukraine to investigate the crash site, the Dutch Foreign Ministry confirmed on Saturday. France, Germany and the UK have also dispatched forensic experts to Ukraine while Interpol and Europol have sent their staff to help identify the victims.

Leadership of the Donetsk’s Republic can guarantee the safety of international experts if Kiev stops its “anti-terrorist operation” in in the vicinity of the Boeing crash site, Deputy PM of DPR Andrey Purgin announced on Saturday evening.

“We declare that we will guarantee the safety of international experts on the scene at the conclusion of a ceasefire agreement with Kiev,” Purgin said as cited by RIA Novosti. “We invite Kiev to immediately conclude such an agreement with the DPR, at least for the duration of the specialists’ visit to the crash site.”

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Pro-Palestinian protesters face police during a demonstration against violence in the Gaza strip, which had been banned by police, in Paris, July 19, 2014. (Reuters / Philippe Wojazer)

Demonstration in Paris against the Israeli military operation in Gaza strip, which recently escalated into a ground invasion, took place despite Friday’s municipal government ban. Operation Edge in the twelfth day of the Israeli offensive on Gaza has so far claimed the lives of 342 Palestinians, with at least 46 people killed on Saturday alone.

Organizers estimate that up to 10,000 people attended the rally organised by the New Anti-Capitalist Party (NPA), among others. The protesters gathered in Barbes, in the Montmartre area and Opera Square.

Several Israeli flags were publically torn and burnt to the cheers of the crowd at the beginning of the rally. The protest eventually turned violent with dozens of protesters, using stones and bottles, to attack the police lines for several hours in a northern district of the capital, according to AFP reporters. The police responded with tear gas.

In the late afternoon, a dozen of young men, some carrying the Palestinian flag on their shoulders, were still pelting police with stones. By nightfall, boulevards around the neighborhood of Barbès were covered with broken glass, wrecked telephone booths, and two vandalized public buses.

According to police sources, 38 people were arrested during the clashes, AFP reports, adding that 14 policemen were also wounded. The number of injured among the protestors is still unknown.

French president Francois Hollande said he would not allow Israeli-related violence to spill over into France.

“That’s why I asked the interior minister, after an investigation, to ensure that such protests would not take place,” he told journalists during a visit to Chad.

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#СРОЧНО: В Бутове прогремел взрыв, на место выехали спасатели и медики pic.twitter.com/FO6Tjl0lho
— LIFENEWS (@lifenews_ru) July 19, 2014

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Breaking an explosion in Moscow just days after MH17. This might be a diversion to divert the attention away from the crash. However this could also be another attempt to start a war done by none other than the USA. Things with this country are rapidly heading down hill and Obama is ready to start his war, yet nothing has come of it. That said, the next false flag might just be the last. The whole world is mad at Obama and his minions, and even more mad at America for not fighting back. The people that do fight back are being suppressed because of the media not showing their support so we will! Any footage of protests you all have please send to crusaders2127@gmail.com

Lets show these tyrannical leaders who really runs this country!

Moscow has an explosion, here is the tweet from LIFENEWS.

#СРОЧНО: В Бутове прогремел взрыв, на место выехали спасатели и медики pic.twitter.com/FO6Tjl0lho
— LIFENEWS (@lifenews_ru) July 19, 2014

This is beginning to look all to familiar because not only was there an explosion in Moscow, but now Russia just recently re-opened their old spy base in Cuba! As the proxy war spills over so does the USA, because our cup is full!