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Dutch official: 200 MH17 victims on train to Kharkiv

The train to Kharkiv, Ukraine, which was carrying victims from the MH17 crash had 200 bodies on board not the 282 claimed by rebels, a Dutch official said.

The train carrying victims from MH17 arrives at Kharkiv, Ukraine.
The train carrying victims from MH17 arrives at Kharkiv, Ukraine. Credit: REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Jan Tuinder, head of the Dutch crash investigation in Ukraine, said: "The first plane will take off tomorrow, and we will continue until the last victim is identified and brought home.

"As far as we know, at this moment we are talking about 200 - and that is for sure 200 - victims, which means that there are probably remains left in the area where this disaster took place."

Read: Dutchman was due to fly on both MH370 and MH17

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More than '118,300 Palestinians now displaced in Gaza'

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has said that more than 118,300 Palestinians have now been displaced in Gaza due to the ongoing fighting.

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More than 118,300 Palestinians are now displaced in 77 UNRWA shelters in #Gaza.  

Read more: More than 600 killed in Israel-Gaza conflict

Malaysia Airlines staff pay tribute to MH17 victims

Malaysia Airlines crew members have paid tribute to the 298 victims of the MH17 crash at Schiphol airport, Amsterdam, where the doomed flight took off from.

Tributes were paid to the 298 on board MH17.
Tributes were paid to the 298 on board MH17. Credit: ITV News
Tributes were paid to the 298 on board MH17.
Flowers were laid at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam. Credit: ITV News
Tributes were paid to the 298 on board MH17.
The doomed flight took off from the Amsterdam airport. Credit: ITV News

Read: Dutchman was due to fly on both MH370 and MH17

US flights to Tel Aviv banned for 24 hours

All US flights to and from Tel Aviv have been suspended amid ongoing rocket fire in the region, the US aviation authority has announced.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it had informed US airlines that they were prohibited from flying to or from Ben Gurion International Airport for 24 hours.

The alert was in response to a rocket strike which occurred around one mile from the airport earlier today.

Delta Air Lines and US Airways have already suspended flights to the region following the reports.

Obama signs MH17 book of condolence at embassy

US President Barack Obama has signed a book of condolence for the victims of the MH17 air disaster at the Netherlands embassy in America.

Barack Obama signing a book of condolence.
Barack Obama signing a book of condolence. Credit: Embassy of the Netherlands in the United States

After signing the book, Obama said: "[I wanted to] express solidarity with the people of the Netherlands."

He added that the US will work with the country to ensure "justice is done".

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UK wants to impose sanctions on Putin's 'cronies'

Britain wants to impose sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin's "cronies" in response to the country's response over the MH17 air disaster, Philip Hammond said.

The new Foreign Secretary said: "The cronies of Mr Putin and his clique in the Kremlin are the people who have to bear the pressure.

"If the financial interests of the group around the leadership are affected, the leadership will know about it."

He added: "We are looking at individuals who contribute to, in one way or another, the regime in the Kremlin and its interference in Ukraine and Crimea or who have benefited from the decisions and actions of that regime."

Read: Dutchman was due to fly on both MH370 and MH17

Palestinian leadership 'proposes cease-fire in Gaza'

The Palestinian leadership has proposed a plan to Egypt for a cease-fire in Gaza with a further five days of talks planned, a Fatah official in Cairo has said.

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An Israeli mortar is fired as the death toll in the conflict rose beyond 600. Credit: Reuters

"The Palestinian leadership offered a new suggestion in the framework of the Egyptian initiative for a ceasefire followed immediately by negotiations lasting five days," Fatah official al-Ahmed said.

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