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Ethiopians hold mass funeral ceremony for crash victims

Updated : March 17, 2019 07:51 PM IST

Thousands mourned the Ethiopian plane crash victims on Sunday, accompanying 17 empty caskets draped in the national flag through the streets of the capital as some victims' relatives fainted and fell to the ground.

The service came one day after officials began delivering bags of earth to family members of the 157 victims of the crash instead of the remains of their loved ones because the identification process is expected to take such a long time.

Relatives grieve next to empty caskets draped with the national flag at a mass funeral at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)
Relatives grieve next to empty caskets draped with the national flag at a mass funeral at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)
Officials have begun delivering bags of earth to family members of the 157 victims of the crash instead of the remains of their loved ones because the identification process is going to take such a long time. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)
Officials have begun delivering bags of earth to family members of the 157 victims of the crash instead of the remains of their loved ones because the identification process is going to take such a long time. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)
Church leaders pray next to empty caskets draped with the national flag at a mass funeral at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)
Church leaders pray next to empty caskets draped with the national flag at a mass funeral at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)
Relatives grieve next to empty caskets draped with the national flag at a mass funeral at the Holy Trinity Cathedral. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)
Relatives grieve next to empty caskets draped with the national flag at a mass funeral at the Holy Trinity Cathedral. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)
Relatives grieve next to empty caskets draped with the national flag. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)
Relatives grieve next to empty caskets draped with the national flag. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)
Relatives hold photographs of the victims. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)
Relatives hold photographs of the victims. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)
A relative blows a kiss towards empty caskets. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)
A relative blows a kiss towards empty caskets. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)
A priest cries at a mass funeral at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)
A priest cries at a mass funeral at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)
Priests swing incense over empty caskets draped with the national flag. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)
Priests swing incense over empty caskets draped with the national flag. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)
A crucifix is held by a priest at a mass funeral at the Holy Trinity Cathedral. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)
A crucifix is held by a priest at a mass funeral at the Holy Trinity Cathedral. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)
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