A British charity is looking after a disabled child who is thought to have lost family members in the MH17 disaster.
The Percy Hedley Foundation, based in Tyneside, is a regional education and care charity working with disabled children and adults.
A spokesman for the foundation said: "We are caring for a disabled child whose family we believe were affected by the tragedy in Ukraine and we ask that people respect the child's privacy."
The charity would not divulge details such as the child's nationality or age to protect their identity.
Thousands of online users have taken to social media to call for the victims of the Malaysian airliner crash to be returned to loved ones.
United States intelligence officials admitted that they do not know who fired the surface-to-air missile that downed flight MH17.
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