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Two Korean shootout

North Korea fired several artillery shells to the borders of South Korea, who responded with gunfire.

About 50 shells landed in Yeonpyeong Island, not far from the Strait of Yellow. According to local television reports, the shot that caused several people injured and damaging dozens of homes. Four South Korean soldiers, according to Yonhap news agency, was wounded.

South Korean Defense Ministry immediately raise the level of alertness. A number of jets sent to the island. To AFP, a spokesman for the ministry said a fire started with artillery units provocation at 2:34 pm local time. "South Korean troops back as an effort to self defense," the source said.

A resident of Yeonpyeong Island, Lee Jong-Sik, said at least ten houses on fire. He could not see clearly because of smoke arising. "The announcement over the loudspeaker told us to leave the house," he told YTN television network.

Tensions rose two Koreas since last March, when South Korean warship sank. South Korea accuses North Korea's firing submarines with torpedoes. Harsh accusation denied by North Korea.

The end of October, re shootout occurred around the border.

North Korea claims to have the uranium enrichment program that was operating. This caused tension in the region, and pressure from some countries for North Korea to stop the program.


Two South Korean marines were killed in the incident.

South Korean presidential office has threatened to retaliate by North Korean provocation hard action.

Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has ordered the preparations to face the worst situation. "We will be ready for whatever happens, we can handle it," he said.


Smoke rising from Yeonpyeong Island

Smoke rising from Yeonpyeong Island, not far from the border with North Korea on Tuesday (23/11).

Smoke rising from Yeonpyeong Island

South Koreans followed the television

South Koreans followed the television broadcasts about the incident in Yeonpyeong Island.


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