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Reunited Korean families hold tearful final farewell

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The joy of being reunited for the first time in decades turned to grief for North and South Korean families on Saturday as a rare cross-border visit ended, with participants unlikely to ever see their relatives again. 

A South Korean man selected to attend a reunion with North Korean relatives prepares to depart for the North Korean border, in the eastern port city of Sokcho on February 20, 2014

In perhaps the most traumatic moment of the emotionally-charged event, 80 elderly South Koreans and their 174 Northern relatives were separated, many at first refusing to let go of their loved ones' hands.

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