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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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