August 6, 2014 1:50 pm

Dutch PM halts search for remains of Flight 17 victims’ in Ukraine

Members of the OSCE mission to Ukraine examine a map as they try to estimate security conditions outside the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands – The Netherlands’ prime minister has called a halt to the search for remains of victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disaster in Ukraine, saying it is too dangerous to continue.

At a press conference in The Hague, Mark Rutte praised the effort of the recovery mission so far, and promised victims’ families the search would resume at some time in the future.

Flight 17 was shot down in Eastern Ukraine on July 17, killing all 298 on board. Around 228 coffins have been returned to the Netherlands.

© The Associated Press, 2014

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