French soldiers walk near debris at the crash site of the Air Algerie flight AH5017 in Mali's Gossi region, west of Gao. (AFP/ECPAD/EMA/ARMEE DE TERRE)
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An official Lebanese delegation investigating the Air Algerie crash left for Mali Sunday morning to follow up on investigations and repatriate the remains of the Lebanese nationals aboard the flight.The Lebanese delegation will oversee the transfer of the victims' bodies from the crash site to field testers in Gao and Bamako, who will cross-match the retrieved samples with DNA strains collected from relatives in Beirut.Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said recovery of the victims' bodies would take several days. Air Algerie is providing transportation for each country's delegation to inspect the crash site.According to the statement, the Lebanese delegation will visit Burkina Faso to offer condolences and sympathy to the relatives and families of the victims living in the West African country.Compaore met Saturday with relatives of some crash victims in Ouagadougou and announced that Burkina Faso had opened an official inquiry into the cause of the disaster.
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