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Korea - North, South exchange fire near disputed sea border
« on: August 11, 2011, 12:38:20 AM »

North, South exchange fire near disputed sea border

South Korean forces returned fire after artillery shells fired by North Korea landed in waters off Yeonpyeong island near a disputed maritime border, South Korean defence officials said on Wednesday.

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Latest update: 10/08/2011

AP - South Korean forces returned fire Wednesday after North Korean artillery shells fell into waters near the tense maritime line that separates the two rivals, a South Korean defense official said. North Korea fired three shells near the Northern Limit Line in the Yellow Sea, prompting the South to fire three shells back, Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said.

South Korean forces have been on high alert in the area since a North Korean artillery attack killed four people in November on South Korea’s Yeonpyeong island.

Wednesday’s shooting was near that island. Violence often erupts in the contested slice of sea. Boats routinely jostle for position during crab-catching season, and three deadly naval clashes since 1999 have taken a few dozen lives. Kim said one North Korean artillery shell is believed to have fallen south of the maritime line, citing a preliminary analysis of the trajectory of the shell.


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