Memorial to be held for MH17 victims as new video footage emerges

Memorial to be held for MH17 victims as new video footage emerges

A national memorial service for the Australians killed on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 will be held in Canberra today, with families of the victims gathering to mark the first anniversary of the tragedy.

A permanent memorial will be unveiled in the gardens of Parliament House, commemorating the 298 people, including 38 Australians, who died when the plane was shot down over Eastern Ukraine this time last year.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has thanked the men and women who contributed to the response to MH17..

“There were 298 innocent people on this aircraft and their deaths offend our sense of justice,” he said.

“I thank the men and women who contributed to the response to MH17 for their professionalism and commitment.”

It comes as new footage has emerged from shortly after the plane was shot down, appearing to show pro-Russian rebels rifling through the debris and the luggage of the victims.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has described the footage as “sickening to watch” and says she’s deeply concerned the footage is being released now.
“It is certainly consistent with the intelligence advice that we received 12 months ago, that Malaysian airlines flight MH17 had been shot down by a surface-to-air missile,” Ms Bishop told Channel Nine.
Mr Abbott says the footage confirms this incident was an atrocity, not just a tragedy.
“They may not have known that they were shooting down a passenger plane but they were deliberately shooting out of the sky what they knew was a large aircraft,” he said.

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