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Russian authorities have confirmed to Israel’s Foreign Ministry that no Israeli citizens were aboard a Russian airline that crashed on Sunday about ten minutes after departing from Moscow airport.

Saratov Airlines Flight An-148 crashed Sunday afternoon (Israel time) while en route to the city of Orsk, near the border of Kazakhstan, from Moscow.

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All 71 people aboard the flight were killed, including 65 passengers and six crew members.

An investigation has been opened into the cause of the crash.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.