North Korea's women ice hockey team arrives to play in Division II Group A games at the International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship, at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea, Saturday, April 1, 2017. The tournament will be held from April 2 to 8 in Gangneung. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Hundreds of South Koreans have turned out to support the North Korean women’s ice hockey team, taking part in their first game of this year’s world championships. 
Nearly 300 members of a campaigning group, which is calling for the peaceful reunification of Korea, cheered on the players as they faced the Australian team in Gangneung, on the east coast of South Korea. 
In spite of the roaring stadium, the North Koreans lost to Australia 2-1 – but the result did not dampen the mood, the Seoul-based news agency Yonhap reports. 
Waving Korean unification flags of the Korean Peninsula coloured in blue, South Korean supporters were chanting “We Are One” and “Go Korea” while banging thunder sticks. 
The event came amid rising diplomatic tensions on the peninsula, after North Korea launched a series of rockets. 
Leading the supporters was Lee Chang-bok, who told Yonhap: “We should be unified as one. We hope our enthusiasm can reach the hearts of the North Korean athletes and help lay the foundation …
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