Obama decries shoot-down of Malaysian jet

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

July 18, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Speaking from the White House Friday morning, President Barack Obama called the shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines jet in eastern Ukraine an “outrage of unspeakable proportion.”

Obama said that at least one American was on board the Kuala Lampur-bound flight out of Amsterdam.

The American passenger was identified as Quinn Lucas Schansman — a dual U.S and Dutch citizen who was headed to Malaysia for vacation.

The U.S. State Department is still working to verify if there were other Americans among the 298 passengers and crew aboard the flight.

Obama called for an immediate cease fire between the Ukrainian government and pro-Russian rebels to allow an international investigation to proceed.

“This was a global tragedy,” the president said. “An Asian airliner was destroyed in European skies filled with citizens from many countries, so there has to be a credible international investigation into what happened. The UN Security Council has endorsed this investigation, and we will hold all its members including Russia to their word.”

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