A North Korean soldier has been shot by his comrades while attempting to cross to South Korea through the heavily protected Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).

Currently, the defector has been taken to the hospital near DMZ.

About 1,000 people from North Korea defect to South Korea each year, but very few flee through the DMZ.

This the fourth defection by a North Korean soldier via the DMZ, one of the world’s most guarded border between nations, in the last three years.

Two Koreas are technically still at war since the conflict between two neighboring countries ended in 1953 with a truce and not a formal peace treaty.

The number of North Koreans fleeing to South Korea has dropped by 13% in 2017 with only 780 North Koreans succeeded crossing to South Korea this year.

The fall in number is due to a result of tighter government surveillance and reinforced border security by North Korea.

China is the most popular route to flee from North Korea since it has the longest border with North Korea and not as heavily guarded as the DMZ.

South Korea claims more than 30,000 North Korean have defected to the South since the end of the Korean War in 1953.

According to South Korea, more than 30,000 North Koreans have defected to the South since the end of the Korean war in 1953.

More details to follow. Image 1 of a soldier guarding at the DMZ from Timeline

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