King sends message of condolence to South Korea following crowd surge deaths



he King has mentioned the UK “stands in solidarity” with the folks of South Korea in a message of condolence following the group surge that killed greater than 150.

Charles mentioned each he and the Queen Consort had been “deeply shocked and saddened” by the information of the deaths throughout throughout current Halloween festivities in Seoul.

In his message to the President of South Korea Yoon Suk-yeol, the King mentioned: “I needed you to understand how deeply shocked and saddened each my spouse and I are to listen to of the many individuals who’ve misplaced their family members as a consequence of the current, tragic incident in Itaewon, Seoul.

“Nevertheless insufficient this can be underneath such heartbreaking circumstances, we prolong our deepest doable sympathy to all of the bereaved households. We additionally supply our particular ideas and desires for a speedy restoration to all those that suffered harm.

“Recalling our assembly throughout your individual gracious go to to London to attend the funeral of Her late Majesty The Queen, please be assured that the UK stands in solidarity with the folks of the Republic of Korea at such a time of nationwide mourning.”

President Yoon on Sunday declared a one-week nationwide mourning interval and ordered flags at authorities buildings and public places of work to fly at half mast.

The victims, principally aged of their teenagers and 20s, had been crushed when an enormous Halloween social gathering crowd surged right into a slender alley within the Itaewon nightlife district on Saturday evening.

Witnesses and survivors have spoken of a “hell-like” chaos with folks falling on one another like dominoes.

They mentioned the whole Itaewon space was jammed with slow-moving automobiles and partygoers clad in Halloween costumes, making it not possible for rescuers and ambulances to succeed in the crammed alleys in time.

The Prince and Princess of Wales despatched their “love and prayers” to these grieving family members in a social media submit on the weekend.

A message on the Kensington Palace Twitter account mentioned: “Catherine and I ship all our love and prayers to the mother and father, households and family members of these tragically misplaced in Seoul yesterday night. W & C.”

William’s message got here after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak described the deaths as “horrific information”, including in a press release on Saturday: “All our ideas are with these at the moment responding and all South Koreans at this very distressing time.”

International Secretary James Cleverly mentioned he was “saddened by the tragic state of affairs”, whereas Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer mentioned it was “horrendous information”.

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