80 Children Amongst Passengers Killed During Flight MH17 Attack
Yesterday a Boeing 777 aircraft traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was hit by a surface-to-air missile over territory near Donetsk held by pro-Russian rebels and shot out of the sky. All 298 passengers and crew on board, including 80 children, were killed. Three Australian children, ages between eight and twelve who were traveling with their grandfather were amongst the victims. Also included on the flight were a couple traveling with their four children, and medical experts and doctors who were on their way to Melbourne for the International Aids Conference. From CNN.com:
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Friday blasted the “terrorists” he blamed for shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine a day earlier, with 298 people aboard.
He called on all governments to back the investigation and “to support the Ukrainian government to bring to justice all these bastards who committed this international crime.”
Since the Malaysia Airlines jet fell from the sky in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, Russia and Ukraine — which routinely uses the word “terrorists” to describe pro-Russian separatists — have traded blame and accusations.
The crash site is so horrific that news journalists can’t even post photographs and this link is amazing difficult and heartbreaking to watch and listen to.
Malaysia Airlines have given a breakdown of the known nationalities of the 283 passengers: 28 were Australians, 28 were Malaysians,154 were Dutch, 12 were Indonesian, nine were from the United Kingdom, four were from Germany; four were from Belgium, three were from the Philippines, one was Canadian and one was from Hong Kong.
Malaysian Airlines was last night flying an aircraft to Kiev and onto Amsterdam with “care givers” to help the families of the victims. As of this morning, the black box from the airplane is on its way to Moscow.
My heart, thoughts and deepest condolences go out to the loved ones who lost people on board this flight. This world is heartbroken today.
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