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South Korea fires warning shots after North Korean incursion

Published on May 20, 2014 8:02 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - A South Korean naval ship fired warning shots on Tuesday after three North Korean patrol boats crossed over the disputed maritime border in the Yellow Sea, military officials said.

The North Korean boats, which normally serve to keep fishing boats on the right side of the boundary, crossed into South Korean waters at 0700 GMT (3.00pm on Tuesday Singapore time), the South's joint chiefs of staff said.

The incursion prompted a South Korean naval ship to fire 10 warning rounds, after which the North Korean vessels retreated to the North side of the border, it said.

Yonhap news agency said the North Korean boats might have been chasing some Chinese boats fishing illegally in the area. It is not uncommon for North Korean patrol boats and fishing boats to cross the unmarked sea border into the South.

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