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UAE experts to help in task to identify bodies of MH17 tragedy

Specialist team travelled to the Ukraine at the request of Interpol

UAE experts to help in task to identify bodies of MH17 tragedy
UAE specialist team had been invited to participate in the process by Interpol.

A UAE team of specialists on Wednesday travelled to the Ukraine help in the identification of bodies following the crash of Malaysia Airline's flight MH 17, the state news agency WAM reported.

Major General Dr. Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi, director of Central Operations and chairman of Victim Affairs Committee, Ministry of Interior, said the Emirati Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) team had been invited to participate in the process by Interpol and underlines the good reputation the UAE's police and safety forces enjoy in Search and Rescue (SAR) and their expertise in managing crime scenes.

Interpol said offers of assistance to deploy additional DVI experts had currently been received from 13 member countries and member countries which lost citizens in the MH 17 crash had been requested to gather and send ante-mortem data to the Interpol's Command and Coordination Centre (CCC) in order for the victims to be identified as quickly as possible in order for them to be returned to their families.

Advanced countries with high forensic expertise, such as Switzerland, The Netherlands, Australia and the UK are also sending DVI experts.

Malaysian airliner MH17 was shot down over the skies of eastern Ukraine on Thursday July 16, killing all 298 passengers and crew on board.

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