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Over 400 South Koreans leave Myanmar since February coup Updated: 2021-04-05 17:18:44 KST

This footage shared with Reuters shows a civilian being beaten by a soldier on the streets of Yangon over the weekend.
A resident nearby who shot this video said the police arrested two people after their nightly raid - what's been taking place since the military coup in Myanmar on February 1st and the subsequent violent crackdowns on anti-coup protesters.

Witnesses and local media report Myanmar security forces killed at least five protesters on Monday bringing the death toll of civilians killed by the military junta to well over 560.

It's against this backdrop that a growing number of foreign nationals living in Myanmar are being evacuated… including South Koreans.

More than 400 South Korean nationals have returned home from Myanmar since February with another 274 expected to fly back to Korea by the end of this month.
To better facilitate the move, Seoul has increased the number of flights between Yangon and Incheon to three times a week and plans to up that to four, if deemed necessary.
Diplomatic sources in Seoul say, the latest departure would still leave about 3-thousand South Koreans in the Southeast Asian country with roughly 90-percent of them in the largest city of Yangon where more than 250 Korean-run companies operate.

Seoul raised its travel alert for Myanmar over the weekend warning against travel to that country and recommending South Koreans in Myanmar to leave unless there are urgent matters, but sources in South Korea's foreign ministry say even a travel ban could be possible if the situation there worsens in the next few days.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.
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