70 Dutch dead in Libyan air crash: foreign ministry

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Seventy Dutch nationals died in the Libyan plane crash at Tripoli airport, including the family of the sole survivor, a boy of nine, the Dutch foreign ministry said Thursday.

"There were 70 Dutch victims of the plane disaster in Tripoli," that claimed a total of 103 lives, ministry spokesman Francesco Mascini told AFP.

The updated figures were based on a consolidation of information provided by Afriqiyah Airways, immigration services in South Africa and travel companies.

The toll was higher than the initial 62 stated by Dutch tourism federation ANWB as nine of the Dutch passengers had made independent travel arrangements and were not listed with travel agencies, said Mascini.

The original 62 reported dead had been in two separate organised tour groups on their way to Brussels and Duesseldorf, Germany, with a stop-over in Tripoli, according to the ANWB.

The ministry added in a statement that "the family of the nine-year-old Ruben, the sole survivor of the disaster", were among those who perished.

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