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Dutch cop to lead MH17 victim identifying

The Netherlands is coordinating efforts to identify the bodies of MH17 victims.

During a press conference yesterday (July 20), Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said they will get "international coordination of the identification of the victims'.

The Netherlands was hit the hardest among all countries when the Malaysian Airlines flight crashed in eastern Ukraine on Thursday.

Among the 298 victims onboard, 193 were Dutch citizens.

The Dutch will lead efforts to identify bodies in MH17 crash

The Dutch prime minister sees it as a priority to identify the bodies of all the victims and bring them to the country of origin. Dutch police chief Gert Wibbelink will lead that identification team.

Mr Rutte had contacted German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron and, for the third time, Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“All these conversations have to contribute to our main goal: To put pressure on all parties to get the bodies back,” he said.

Sources: AFP, Reuters