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South Koreans head for bittersweet family reunion in North

Published on Feb 20, 2014 12:24 PM

SOKCHO, South Korea (AFP) - A group of 82 elderly, frail South Koreans, two of them in ambulances, left for the North Korean border on Thursday to attend the first reunion in more than three years for families divided by the Korean War.

Ten coaches, with half a dozen police vehicles as escorts, left the eastern port city of Sokcho at 8.30am (7.30am Singapore time) for the heavily-militarised border 50 kilometres away.

The departure was delayed as two female members of the group needed medical attention, and ended up being placed into ambulances for the journey.

More than a dozen were in wheelchairs and needed help boarding the buses, which they shared with 58 family members, brought along for physical as well as emotional support.

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