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More than 300 South Koreans returned Sunday to their country after the end of a reunion with their family members in North Korea from whom they had been separated since the 1950-53 Korean War.

The reunion took place in two rounds of three days each at a hotel near Mount Kumgang, on the southeastern coast of North Korea.

A total of 89 South Koreans and 185 North Koreans took part in the first round of the family reunions held between Monday and Wednesday.

A total of 326 South Koreans from 81 families met nearly 100 of their long-separated relatives from the North in the second round between Friday and Sunday.

These meetings, organized by Seoul and Pyongyang, came at a time of rapprochement between the two Koreas, who continue to be technically still at war.

The number of South Koreans registered to apply for the family reunions totaled 132,124 in May (86 percent of whom are 70 years old or older), although it is believed that only about 57,000 of them are still alive, according to South Korean government data.

The decision to hold the reunions - the first of their kind since Oct. 2015 - was agreed upon between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during their Apr. 27 summit.

In the last 18 years, the two countries have organized 20 face-to-face reunions of war-separated families, attended by around 20,000 Koreans.