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Korean troops provide aid to Haiyan victims

Korea will send 500 military engineers and medical professionals to the Philippines after the island nation was recently ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan.

Kim Min-seok, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense, announces on November 21 that the Korean government has decided to send 500 military engineers and medical professionals to the typhoon-torn Philippines. (photo: Yonhap News)

Kim Min-seok, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense, announces on November 21 that the Korean government has decided to send 500 military engineers and medical professionals to the typhoon-torn Philippines. (photo: Yonhap News)


“The Korean government has received a request from the Philippine government for the dispatch of a disaster relief team,” said Spokesperson Kim Min-seok from the Ministry of National Defense on November 21. The Korean government made its decision to give aid to the typhoon-ravaged country at a national security policy meeting.

The spokesperson added that the Philippines dispatched troops to Korea during the Korean War and suffered 112 dead and 299 wounded. Over the course of the three-year conflict, the Philippine government sent some 7,420 troops to Korea.

This marks the 17th time that Korea has decided on an overseas deployment of its armed forces ever since the nation joined the U.N. in 1991, though it has been recognized as an observer by the U.N. since 1948. This expedition also marks the first time troops will be sent to a disaster zone as opposed to a war zone. It is the second time that the Korean government provides military aid upon the request of a sovereign nation, following the dispatch of Korea’s Akh Special Forces Unit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in January 2011.

A Korean military Lockheed C-130 Hercules transport aircraft is ready to carry Typhoon Haiyan victims to a safe zone in Tacloban, the Philippines, on November 19. (photo: Yonhap News)

A Korean military Lockheed C-130 Hercules transport aircraft is ready to carry Typhoon Haiyan victims to a safe zone in Tacloban, the Philippines, on November 19. (photo: Yonhap News)


Korea has been supporting the Philippines in its time of need by providing some 48 tons of relief and medical supplies, and rescue equipment. Moreover, Korea will provide an additional 12.5 tons of relief supplies by November 25.

By Jeon Han, Lee Seung-ah
Korea.net Staff Writers
hanjeon@korea.kr

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