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Rebels Won't Let Observers Near Flight 17 Crash Site

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:53:39 +0000

(UNITED NATIONS) -- Pro-Russian separatists are still keeping international observers away from the area where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed two weeks ago, killing all 298 on board.

A team from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe was not allowed to visit the site Wednesday.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told reporters that it is imperative that observers access the crash site to investigate key evidence.

Furthermore, the bodies of some victims have not been located and it's feared the hot weather will deteriorate their remains.

Adding to the crisis are fears that anti-government rebels have booby-trapped the area with land mines that would put the lives of observers in danger.

It has been alleged by Ukraine, the U.S. and other Western nations that the rebels shot down Flight 17 with a surface-to-air missile provided by Russia.

However, a poll conducted in Russia found that 82 percent of respondents feel Ukraine's military downed the passenger jet.


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