Dramatic footage shows North Korean soldier being wounded by gunfire as he flees to South Korea

Dramatic footage shows North Korean soldier fleeing to South Korea

The defector is seen being shot at repeatedly by his comrades before reaching safety in the south (stock photo)

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Dramatic video footage of a soldier's daring escape from North Korea, which saw him almost killed by gunfire as he fled, has emerged online. 

The video was released by the United Nations Command (UNC) and can be found online here.

In it, a soldier approachs the Joint Security Area - the only area of the Korean Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) where North and South Korean militaries face each other - in a jeep. 

After crashing the vehicle into a ditch, he flees towards the south, only to be shot at by his former comrades. Forty rounds of shots are believed to have been fired in the exchange.

As the man is seen lying wounded, two soldiers from the South Korean military crawl to him and drag him to safety. 

UN Command claims the soldiers from the North violated the Korean War Armistice - a 64-year-old ceasefire agreement which brought a pause to the conflict during the 1950s.

The footage also shows a soldier who had fired upon the defector crossing the military demarcation line, which UNC claimed was another violation of the agreement. 

The American leader of the UNC, Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, said the Armistice remains in effect.

The 24-year-old soldier survived the incident and is receiving treatment in hospital.