Netherlands grapples with loss of 192 citizens in Malaysia Airlines disaster

By Todd Frankeland Ferry Biedermann, July 18, 2014

AMSTERDAM — The single red roses sold at Schiphol airport come with festive stringers taped to a plastic sleeve. The flowers typically are bought for celebrations, to welcome home loved ones at the arrivals area. But on Friday, the roses served a different purpose. And so a clerk at the small Bloem flower shop was busy carefully removing the streamers, leaving each flower stark, as she sold one rose after another to people mourning the loss of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which claimed the lives of 192 Dutch citizens and left this tiny nation stunned.

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