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S. Korea navy fires warning shots at North fishing boats

Published on Sep 21, 2012 4:59 PM
 
South Korean Navy vessels are berthed at an MSB (Movement Sea Base) off the South Korea-controlled island of Yeonpyeong near the disputed waters of the Yellow Sea on Dec 22, 2010. The South Korean navy fired warning shots on Friday at half a dozen North Korean fishing vessels that crossed their disputed Yellow Sea border, the defence ministry said. -- PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - The South Korean navy fired warning shots on Friday at half a dozen North Korean fishing vessels that crossed their disputed Yellow Sea border, the defence ministry said.

The six North Korean boats swiftly returned to their side of the western sea boundary after the incident, a ministry spokesman told AFP.

"Dozens of Vulcan machine gun rounds were fired into waters near North Korean fishing boats which violated the sea border," the spokesman said.

"The operation, involving two naval patrol ships, began around 3pm (2pm Singapore time) after our side broadcast warning messages. All North Korean boats had retreated by 4pm," he said.

 
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