The United Nations Command (UNC), which controls the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, released dramatic footage of a North Korean solider defecting to the South earlier this month.
It shows the soldier racing toward the border in a jeep, before he runs into a ditch just a feet few away from the white demarcation line officially separating the two Koreas.
He races for the border on foot as pursuing North Korean soldiers fire on him.
The defector can be seen limping into South Korean territory before collapsing. One North Korean soldier briefly crosses the border into the South, a violation of the ceasefire agreement.
About 40 minutes later, the defector was pulled to safety by Southern border guards.
He was shot at least five times and was rushed into emergency surgery.
“The patient will not die,” surgeon Lee Cook-jong of South Korea’s Ajou University Hospital said, according to the Korea Herald. “But he is showing signs of depression due to much stress from the gunshot injuries and two major surgeries. The Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Department will do an assessment for post-traumatic stress disorder.”’
He is reportedly also being treated for for hepatitis B, parasitic worms and tuberculosis.
U.S. Army Col. Chad G. Carroll, a spokesman for the UNC, said the North violated the armistice by “one, firing weapons across the MDL, and two, by actually crossing the MDL temporarily,” referring to the demarcation line that separates the Koreas.
Watch the full video of the dramatic escape below.