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Dutch flags at half-staff as nation mourns crash

Netherlands Ukraine Plane

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - Flags flew are flying half-staff across the Netherlands as the country mourns at least 154 of its citizens killed when a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet was shot down in eastern Ukraine.

Grieving relatives of the victims were gathering in a hotel at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport early Friday.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte called for a fully independent investigation into the crash Thursday that killed 298 passengers and crew, the majority of them Dutch.

Rutte says "the next of kin of the 154 Dutch victims and all the other nationalities have the right to know what happened."

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Connie July 18 2014 at 10:33 AM

My prayers for all the loved ones of the souls lost in this tragedy.

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rcohn95038 July 18 2014 at 9:54 AM

Wish you strength in this horrible time, ex-countrymen.

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boogiewiz July 18 2014 at 10:56 AM

We are so sorry and please know our prayers and thoughts are with all at this terrible time..

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calderasf July 18 2014 at 1:21 PM

A terrible day for the Dutch the most tolerant society in the world going back to the late 1500s.

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marianicole62 July 18 2014 at 11:06 PM

My deepest condolences to these poor families. God bless them.

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JC July 18 2014 at 7:21 PM

Condolences to all who lost loved ones, and a special prayer for the Dutch since they lost the most.

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one.giant.step.for.mankind July 18 2014 at 7:01 PM

Human life means nothing to Muslims.

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victoriapress one.giant.step.for.mankind July 19 2014 at 7:07 AM

The Russian separatists are not Muslim.

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mvr1464 July 18 2014 at 2:18 PM

I just don't see what advantage the Ukrainian rebels would achieve in shooting down a civilian airliner. Yesterday, thought this had Russia's fingerprints all over it, but I had a conversation with my 11 year old and he pointed out to me that even if the Russians supplied the missile and launcher, they may not have provided the technology for the rebels to distinguish civilian aircraft from military aircraft, and thus the rebels may very be the ones who fired the missile thinking it was a government military plane.

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jurmik July 18 2014 at 10:06 AM

Ik zou mijn condoleances.

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Kate July 18 2014 at 2:53 PM

For crissake, AOL, get it right! 'Flags flew are flying at half staff'? And the main headline reads 'Dutch lower flags at half staff'? If they lowered flags at half staff, they'd be at quarter staff. Lowered flags TO half staff.

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mturksma Kate July 18 2014 at 7:35 PM

WHAT?????

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