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Malaysia AIrlines Flight MH17: Dutch Families' Anger At Claims Bodies 'Dragged Around'

19/07/2014 20:09 BST | Updated 20/07/2014 08:59 BST

The Dutch Foreign Minister has expressed his country's anger at claims the bodies of those killed on flight MH17 are being "dragged around" at the crash site, which has not been properly secured.

More than half of the 298 people killed when the flight was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday were Dutch nationals.

Disturbing reports have emerged of pro-Russian separatists removing 38 bodies, stealing from the dead and attempting to destroy evidence at the Malaysia Airlines crash scene.

While the first few bodies have been collected by Ukrainian investigators in body bags, it has been reported that 38 were removed from the scene by separatists and taken to the rebel-held city of Donetsk.

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which has been in the region observing the conflict between Russian and Ukrainian separatists for the last three months, has tried to access the crash site but said its access has been heavily restricted by armed individuals there.

Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans has met with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko, and told him his country is "furious" at reports of bodies being dragged around the site in Grabovo, Donetsk.

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Frans Timmermans meeting Petro Poroshenko

"We are already shocked by the news we got today of bodies being dragged around, of the site not being treated properly," he said.

"It has really created shock in The Netherlands. My plea to you is please help us, bring our people back."

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Malaysia Airlines has released a full breakdown of the nationalities of those aboard flight MH17.

More than half of those on board, 193, were from the Netherlands, including one dual Netherlands/US citizen.

Some 43 were from Malaysia, including 15 crew and two infants.

The rest are:

:: Australia: 27

:: Indonesia: 12, including one infant

:: United Kingdom: 10, including one dual UK/South Africa citizen

:: Germany: 4

:: Belgium: 4

:: Philippines: 3

:: Canada: 1

:: New Zealand: 1

As arguments over access to the world's most important crime scene look set to continue into a third day, many of the bodies of passengers remain strewn across the ground among the wreckage.

Reporters have described the rebel-controlled crash site as "unspeakable", with some of the dead exposed to the summer heat and bursts of rain, with no credible cordon to protect them.

The struggle to reach the bodies, as well as their belongings, has compounded the grief of the victims' families who are not allowed to travel to the country but can read only the disturbing reports.

In the distance, the rumble of air strikes is a reminder that the site remains in the middle of a war zone.

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Mourners at Schipol Airport in The Netherlands, where tributes have been laid to the Dutch victims

In the village of Hrabove today, one passenger's body was still strapped into an airline seat, with bare toes showing from under a pair of trousers.

Another lay face-up in a field of blue flowers while toys, books and shoes were scattered across the ground.

While the first few bodies have been collected by Ukrainian investigators in body bags, it has been reported that 38 were removed from the scene by separatists and taken to the rebel-held city of Donetsk.

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the victims' dignity and respect was a priority for the Government.

"Our focus now is on securing the site so there is a proper international investigation to identify the cause and the perpetrators and bring them to justice and making sure the victims are dealt with with proper dignity and respect."

He added that it is "not about Russia and the West" but about the whole international community demanding proper access to the site so an investigation can "get to the truth".