Australia Mourns Dead & Wants Inquiry into MH17 Disaster

2014-07-22 06:37:22 | Al Muslim News
Australia Mourns Dead & Wants Inquiry into MH17 Disaster

 

The international community is trying an inquiry be held into the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in which all 298 people died – 27 of whom were Australians. The president of Ukraine has accused pro-Russia rebels of bringing down the jet with a ground-to-air missile over a rural Ukrainian village. Defence experts said Russian-made Buk surface-to-air missiles used by pro-Russia fighters looked to be behind the attack. Australia has summoned the Russian ambassador to ask for assurance the Russian Government would co-operate with an investigation. Mr Abbott said “it seems” the plane was shot down by Russian-backed rebels. “This is no light thing; this is not something that can just be dismissed as a tragic accident when you have Russian proxies using Russian-supplied equipment to do terrible things – if in fact this is what turns out to have been the case. “At the moment, all we can say is the indications are this way,” Mr Abbott said on Melbourne radio station 3AW. Nine of the victims are believed to be from Queensland, nine more from Victoria, seven from Western Australia, one from NSW and one from the ACT. Australian government buildings across the world will fly flags at half mast this Saturday, to mourn Australian victims. A national day of mourning and an official commemorative event will be held once “families of those who have lost their lives have had time to comprehend this horrific event”, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said. The flight manifest showed MH17 had on board 154 Dutch nationals, 43 Malaysians, 27 Australians, nine passengers thought to be from the UK, four each from Germany and Belgium, three from the Philippines, one Canadian and 41 still to be identified. About 100 HIV/Aids delegates, who were flying to Melbourne, were among those killed. Included in the numbers were the 15-strong Malaysian flight crew. World governments have responded with shock. Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton has said if the plane was indeed shot down by a surface-to-air missile, then “the equipment had to have come from Russia”. She wanted the EU to bolster sanctions against Russia and not “stand idly by”. MH17 was flying to Kuala Lumpur before heading to Perth – Malaysia Airlines said it had “lost contact” with the airliner about 50km from the Russian-Ukraine border at 4.20pm local time. The plane came down near the town of Grabovo. International Aviation authorities have closed airspace in the east of Ukraine, prompting questions as to why this had not already been done..

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