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Itaewon tragedy probe in limbo
Two weeks have passed since the launch of a police investigation into the Oct. 29 Itaewon crowd crush, but little progress has been made so far. Criticism is mounting as the probe is targeting frontline police officers, rather than high-ranking decision-makers, such as police chiefs or the interior minister. As a special investigation team set up by the National Police Agency...
Class action suit targets gov't negligence in Itaewon crowd disaster
Bereaved families of victims of the Itaewon crowd crush on Oct. 29 are moving to take class action against the government, seeking compensation over its botched prevention and response to the disaster.
How can overcrowding on Seoul's subways be resolved?
Notifying passengers about the density levels of each subway car and limiting the influx of passengers at the gate could be some feasible ways to resolve Seoul's extremely crowded subways during rush hour, according to experts, as the government scrambles to ease overcrowding on public transportation in the wake of the Itaewon crowd crush. Potential dangers in crammed subways...
Police officers, firefighters protest against accusations of negligence
Police officers and firefighters are crying foul over accusations of negligence in their response to the Itaewon crowd crush disaster on the night of Oct. 29. They claim that they are being scapegoated by related authorities, and urged higher-level government officials to take responsibility instead of passing the buck on to others.
Retrieved debris of North Korean missile
Moon Hong-sik, deputy spokesperson of the Ministry of National Defense, gives a briefing at the ministry's headquarters in Seoul about retrieved debris from a missile that North Korea launched across its de facto maritime border with South Korea on Nov. 2. The ministry said the missile is presumed to be the "SA-5" similar to one used by Russia in the Ukraine war. Joint Press ...
Korea's emergency medical response to disasters needs improvement
More lives could have been saved in the Itaewon crowd crush, had the country's emergency medical resources been mobilized more effectively, according to medical experts. They called for improvements to the medical response system in the wake of the tragic accident on Oct. 29, which killed at least 156 people and injured nearly 200. In particular, they pointed out the absence ...
Gov't prepares to set up migrant policy agency
The Ministry of Justice is speeding up its plan to establish a new government agency for migrant-related policies, with the aim of coming up with detailed measures by early 2023, according to the ministry, Tuesday. The ministry will create a task force under the supervision of the Korea Immigration Service (KIS) Commissioner, consisting of eight officials, which will draw up ...
Former Yongsan Police head charged with negligence in Itaewon tragedy
Lee Im-jae, the former head of Yongsan Police Station, has been charged with negligence over his belated, botched response to the massive crowd crush that occurred in the Itaewon area of Seoul on the night of Oct. 29, according to an independent investigative team at the National Police Agency, Monday. Lee was temporarily removed from his post, Nov. 2, three days after the di...
How emergency communication system failed in Itaewon disaster
While an intensive investigation of the massive crowd crush in Itaewon is underway, communication failures between the government's emergency-related agencies are being pointed to as one of the major reasons behind the government's inadequate response to the disaster. At least 156 people were killed and nearly 200 were injured in the crowd crush that occurred during the Hallo...
Korea expands updated COVID-19 vaccines amid resurgence concerns
Starting today, the administration of Pfizer's bivalent COVID-19 vaccines targeting the BA.1 subvariant of Omicron will be expanded to people aged 18 and above amid growing concerns over a resurgence of infections this winter.
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