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South Korean Itaewon mob kills dozens

Tragedy filled the streets of the South Korean capital on Saturday night when 200 or more people were crushed as crowds swept through a narrow Seoul street, killing more than 120, according to authorities’ estimates.

Pedestrians joined hundreds of rescuers to offer help as dozens of people lay in the street, many in cardiac arrest.

Choi Seong-beom, chief of Seoul’s Yongsan Fire Department, released a preliminary death toll acknowledging that many dead were still at the scene. Dozens of people who were on the street were being transported to a nearby gymnasium where workers would identify them, he said.

In the streets, ambulances lined up; emergency responders transported the injured on stretchers; motionless bodies lay under blue blankets – these scenes were shown on TV footage and captured in photos of the carnage.

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