MH17 vic­tims hon­oured

Townsville Bulletin - - NATION -

FAM­I­LIES of those killed in the MH17 tragedy will gather in The Nether­lands later to­day to re­mem­ber the 298 peo­ple who died when their plane was shot down over Ukraine.

Rel­a­tives of the 38 Aus­tralians killed will be among those to gather at a park near Am­s­ter­dam’s Schiphol Air­port to mark the three- year an­niver­sary of the atroc­ity, which hap­pened on July 17, 2014.

A stun­ning new memo­rial to the vic­tims – a for­est of trees planted in the shape of a memo­rial rib­bon – will be for­mally opened, and fam­i­lies will honour their loved ones.

Dutch roy­als King WillemAlexan­der and Queen Max­ima will at­tend, along with Prime Min­is­ter Mark Rutte.

The shoot­ing down of Malaysia Air­lines Flight 17 was be­lieved to have been car­ried out by pro- Rus­sian rebels.

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