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Updated: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:20:57 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Andrei Anghel's family told not to go to Netherlands until MH17 victims ID'd



Andrei Anghel, 24, is pictured with his sister Lexi in a family photo. Anghel, a medical student, was among the 298 people killed when a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed over Ukraine, his family said Friday. Anghel family/Canadian Press

Andrei Anghel, 24, is pictured with his sister Lexi in a family photo. Anghel, a medical student, was among the 298 people killed when a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed over Ukraine, his family said Friday. Anghel family/Canadian Press

It may take weeks for the family of Andrei Anghel, the 24-year-old Ajax, Ont., man killed on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, to see his remains after victims' remains were transported to the Netherlands on Wednesday.

His sister, Alexandra Anghel, who goes by Lexi, told CBC News her family was told not to go to Hilversum, the military base where the caskets of victims of Flight MH17 will be located.

"It's very likely with so much red tape and forensics going on that the families may not even see the bodies or have access for weeks," she said.

Anghel said the advice came from Malaysia Airlines through Canada's Foreign Affairs Department. It said the identification process could take a couple of weeks.

Malaysia Airlines has assigned a caregiver to each victim's family to give them updates.

Foreign Affairs has also assigned a contact person who's been in touch with Anghel family every day whether there are updates or not. Anghel said the the Canadian government has been "incredible" to her family since the plane was shot down while flying through Ukrainian airspace en route to Malaysia.

The Anghel family has had a busy few days of people coming to the home to offer condolences. They're hoping to have some space and "not have to hold it together for other people."

Alexandra Anghel said she has been in contact with the Ajax town councillor who has proposed a memorial for her brother along the waterfront trail in Ajax and is hoping to get something put in place as soon as possible, though it'll most likely happen in the fall because many councillors are away and the project needs approval before going ahead.

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