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MH17 team removes crucial debris

November 16, 2014 5:06 pm

Local workers have removed crucial debris and human remains from the crash site of the MH17 jet in rebel-held eastern Ukraine after months of delays.

The team, overseen by Dutch experts, targeted areas of the plane where most of the bodies are still unidentified.

The debris and remains will be taken to the Netherlands for examination.

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The plane was shot down in July killing all 298 people on board – mostly Dutch nationals. Russia-backed rebels have been blamed, though they deny it.

Dutch experts oversaw workers from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic cutting up parts of the plane and using cranes to load them onto lorries.

Inspectors from the Netherlands had wanted to retrieve the debris themselves, but agreed to work with the rebel administration as they feared for their safety.

Lack of security at the crash site, near the village of Grabove, led to weeks of delays, but a deal made with local militias this week allowed the removal work to begin on Sunday.

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