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The United Nations Command just released a jarring video of a North Korean defector attempting to reach freedom as he tries to leave the country.

The video shows the defector speeding a military vehicle through checkpoints as he heads straight for the Korean demilitarized zone in hopes of crossing the border to South Korea, Mediaite reported.

While the 24-year-old soldier makes it to the border in the village of Panmunjom, he crashes the vehicle and flees on foot. It's here that border patrol opens fire on the man, where he attempts to duck and dodge, risking his life to leave the country.

Eventually, the man is shot and goes down, but members of the South Korean border patrol manage to get to him and drag him across the line to safety, CNN reported.

The man was taken to the hospital, where his wounds were treated. Doctors soon realized gunshot wounds were not his only issue, though, as they also discovered “dozens of parasites” in his intestines, shedding light on potential malnourishment in the North Korean military.

Since arriving in South Korea, the soldier had been enjoying South Korean music and American television.

Following the video, Col. Chad Carroll, U.S. Forces Korea public affairs director, noted that one of the North Korean soldiers crossed the border, violating the Korean War armistice, which oversees the 64-year-old ceasefire agreement, per CNN.

He is the third member of the North Korean military to defect this year.

You can see the video below.

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