Rebels load plane crash bodies onto trains

Bodies of victims are covered in plastic sacks at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, July 19, 2014. World leaders demanded Friday that pro-Russia rebels who control the eastern Ukraine crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 give immediate, unfettered access to independent investigators to determine who shot down the plane. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Bodies of victims are covered in plastic sacks at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, July 19, 2014. World leaders demanded Friday that pro-Russia rebels who control the eastern Ukraine crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 give immediate, unfettered access to independent investigators to determine who shot down the plane. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

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, 15 kilometers (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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