Malaysia in Mourning: The Country Observes Silence for MH17 Victims

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The Malaysian government has asked the country to observe a moment of silence, as the plane carrying the bodies of the 20 Malaysian killed in the MH17 tragedy has finally arrived.

National Day of Mourning

On the day of mourning, national flags were scattered everywhere and were lowered to half-mast.

The Malaysia Airlines flight touched down around 10:00 local time carrying the bodies of people killed when the plane was shot down by a missile in Ukraine.

It is claimed that all 298 passengers and crew died on July 17.

‘United as One’

Prime Minister Najib Razak took to social media to express his grief. He wrote a condolence message, which was widely shared by concerned citizens.

“Last month, 43 Malaysian lives were taken over eastern Ukraine. Today we mourn the loss of our people. Today, we begin to bring them home,” it said. “Our thoughts and our prayers are with the families and friends of those who lost their lives. Today we stand with you, united as one.”

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