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Rebels Load Plane Crash Bodies Onto Trains

Associated Press

(AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

(AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — International monitors and Ukrainian officials say armed rebels forced emergency workers to hand over all 196 bodies recovered from the Malaysia Airlines crash site and have loaded them onto refrigerated trains.

Iryna Gudyma, a spokeswoman for monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, said some of the bodies were put on trains at Torez, 9 miles from the crash site.

Russian news agencies said the bodies were heading to the rebel stronghold of Donetsk. Ukrainian officials say they expect to have the bodies eventually delivered to government-held city of Kharkiv, but it’s unclear if the rebels will agree to do so.

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