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A grief-stricken nation took to roadways and overpasses to pay their respects to some 40 victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 as the procession traveled through the Netherlands today.
"We saw today what this country is made of," said Eelco Bosch van Rosenthal, a reporter for NOS Dutch Broadcasting Nieuwsuur and witness to the day's remarkable tribute.
(CNN) – In many of their hearts were dreams of beaches, tranquil vacations. Aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 were 298 lives, taken in Ukraine, in a war they may have known little of.
After days of painful pleading with separatists, a train of five refrigerated wagons brought them closer to a resting place.
But behind closed walls, began the grim task of working out how many human souls were in the body bags on board.
A journey that began so unceremoniously, and could only grow in dignity.
(CNN) – Cameron Dalziel was a father of two, a helicopter rescue pilot who had recently moved to Malaysia with his family.
He was on his way home after taking a training course when he was killed aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
Watching the procession of coffins carrying many of the victims in the Netherlands today was "totally surreal," said Shane Hattingh, Cameron's brother-in-law.
"It was the weirdest feeling knowing that my brother-in-law could be in one of those - in one of those caskets," an emotional Hattingh said.
"I found myself wanting him to be there, and at the same time that's too selfish at this time," he said, adding that he hopes the children, the young victims of the crash, landed in the Netherlands first.
(CNN) - Critics lashed out Wednesday against the Federal Aviation Administration, which extended its ban on U.S. airlines' flights to and from Tel Aviv, Israel.
Calling the decision a "mistake," Michael Bloomberg - who arrived in Israel on El Al, Israel's national airline - praised Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport as most secure airport on Earth.
"The real world is that there are things going on near airports all over the world. Ben Gurion airport, because Israel has been threatened since it was formed in 1948, is the most secure airport," the former New York mayor told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.
"You have to take reasonable precautions but you cannot shut down everything just because one terrorist someplace on the other side of the world says I'm going to be a threat," he said.
(CNN) – Following on the heels of the shoot down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, two Ukrainian military jets were shot down Wednesday in the eastern part of the country, where pro-Russian rebels have fought against government forces, a Ukrainian military office said.
The Ukrainian government says missiles fired from Russian territory brought them down.
The U.S. has not confirmed the details of what happened, the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine tells CNN.
"But if it is confirmed, it reflects an outrageous, continued escalation of the crisis by Russia, even after the SA-11 (surface-to-air missile system) brought down an airplane leading to the death of nearly 300 innocent people," Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."