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The MH17 Crash Site Is Full Of Looters And Unknown Civilians

Will Federman |
July 20, 2014 | 3:48 p.m. PDT


Journalists and observers are reporting that the inadequate recovery scene constructed around the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 has pretty much devolved into chaos. Images and allegations of looting have been coupled with reports of unknown civilians simply dawdling around the unroped site.

SEE ALSO: Malaysia Airlines Passenger Plane Shot Down Over Ukraine

Flight 17 crashed in Eastern Ukraine on July 17, killing all 298 passengers and crew on board. It is the deadliest plane crash since Sept. 11, 2001. The United States intelligence community currently believes the plane was downed by pro-Russian separatists using Russian supplied anti-aircraft weaponry.

European observers were forced to leave the crash site after 75 minutes, and were sent off by the sound of a gun shot.

SEE ALSO: Russia Today Reporter Resigns Over MH17 Crash Coverage

Ukrainian separatists finally recovered the bodies of 196 passengers amidst growing international furor, and are storing the deceased in refrigerated railroad cars for transport, according to the New York Times. But after several days of neglect and mishandling, it remains uncertain how much closure many of the victims' families will actually receive.

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