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S. Korea issues travel warning for protest-hit Hong Kong

South Korea has issued a travel warning for Hong Kong, citing increasing risks from escalating violence in deepening anti-government protests, Seoul's foreign ministry said.

A "navy warning", which calls for caution and is the lowest of the four-phase travel warning system, has been imposed on all of Hong Kong, effective as of Monday, the ministry said in a release.

The decision was made to ensure the safety of South Koreans staying in or planning to visit Hong Kong, as physical clashes from the demonstrations are intensifying, it said. 


(AFP-Yonhap)
(AFP-Yonhap)

The ministry will keep close tabs on the protests and security situation there so as to promptly react with appropriate travel warning measures, it added.

Anti-government protests in Hong Kong took another turn over the weekend as riot police fired warning shots at protesters and later defended their moves.

The ballooning pro-democracy protest, sparked by opposition to a new extradition bill allowing transfers of suspects to mainland China, has shown no signs of letting up. (Yonhap)



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