Total of 23 victims of MH17 air disaster identified

In the past week, 21 victims of the MH17 air disaster were identified, bringing the total number of victims whose identities have been established to 23.

Sixteen of the newly identified victims were Dutch nationals, one of whom also had British nationality. The other victims were from Malaysia (2), Germany (1), Canada (1) and the United Kingdom (1).

The next of kin of the deceased have been informed. Depending on their wishes, the mayors of the victims’ places of residence may also be informed.

A team of more than 200 experts is working hard to identify the victims, but as has been emphasised before, it may take months for all the victims to be identified. The media will be given regular updates on the team’s progress.