Netherlands mourns almost 200 citizens killed on flight MH17

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Netherlands mourns almost 200 citizens killed on flight MH17

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The Netherlands has been mourning its 192 citizens killed when the Malaysia Airlines flight they were on was shot down in Ukraine.

Amongst those who died were three high school students. Their friends laid flowers at their college in the city of Woerden on Friday.

In Neerkant, neighbours paid tribute to a family of six who died in the crash. One neighbour said: “People who simply disappeared. There is an empty house there now. The parents have lost everything. No children, no grandchildren, nothing”.

As many as 100 of the world’s leading HIV/Aids researchers and advocates were on the flight, on their way to a conference in Melbourne in Australia. Colleagues described their loss as “devastating.”

A book of condolence has been set up outside the departure terminal at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport with King Willem-Alexander and his wife among the first to sign it.

Dutch prime Minister Mark Rutte has avoided blaming any side for the crash, but said he wants a full investigation.