Relatives of 9/11 victims protest remains return to site

Remains of unidentified victims killed in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York have been returned to the site today in a ceremonial procession, despite criticism from some family members of those who died in the terror attacks.

A casket draped with a US flag during the ceremonial transfer of the 9/11 unidentified remains to the World Trade Center site. Credit: Reuters

The remains were moved to an underground repository at Ground Zero, the same building as the National September 11 Memorial Museum, which critics says could be prone to flooding.

Relatives of some victims wore black bands over their mouths at the site in protest.

Family members of victims of the 9/11 attacks protest against the decision to transfer the 9/11 unidentified remains to Ground Zero. Credit: Reuters

"Don't put them in the basement," said Rosemary Cain, who lost her firefighter son in the attacks, NBC News reported. "Give them respect so 3,000 souls can rest in peace."

The repository is sealed off from exhibition areas by a wall and will only be accessible to the medical examiner's staff and family members of the victims, who will be able to visit the space even when the museum is closed, the city has said.