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Netherlands holds ceremonies for MH17 victims a month after crash

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Netherlands holds ceremonies for MH17 victims a month after crash

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The Netherlands has been commemorating the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine, one month after the crash.

A silent march and church service were held at Hilversum near Amsterdam.

Of the 298 people on board the plane, 193 were Dutch. It was shot down over a rebel-held area of eastern Ukraine.

Forensic experts said on Friday that they had identified 127 bodies, and released 20 new names. The search was called off a week ago because of renewed fighting.

“There were many people from Hilversum who died and that’s why we are here, as citizens of the town and out of respect for those who died, there were entire families who came from Hilversum, many youngsters, so we simply have to be here,” said Renco, a resident of the town.

Dutch investigators have said they expect an initial report into the crash “within a few weeks”.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott, whose country lost 38 people in the crash, have vowed justice for the victims by finding those responsible.