108 international AIDS conference participants were on plane shot down over Ukraine

UPDATE: The Australian press is saying that over 100 people heading to the AIDS conference were on board the doomed Malaysia Airlines flight that was shot down over eastern Ukraine, possibly by Russian-created and run rebels

MORE than 100 AIDS activists, researchers and health workers bound for a major conference in Melbourne were on the Malaysia Airlines flight downed in the Ukraine.

It is believed that delegates to the 20th International AIDS Conference, due to begin on Sunday, will be informed today that 108 of their colleagues and family members died on MH17.

Among the casualties:

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Dutch media is saying that Pim de Kuijer, a young activist with Stop AIDS Now and AIDS Fund Netherlands, also died on the flight.

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Buzzfeed has found a few more.

Here’s a statement posted by the AIDS conference on its home page:

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