"South Korean military defends response to attack". Dogyun, Kim; Steward, Phil (24 November 2010). Following a South Korean artillery exercise in waters in the south, North Korean forces fired around 170 artillery shells and rockets at Yeonpyeong Island, hitting both military and civilian targets. La Canada sollicité en cas de guerre en Corée? Van Dyke, Jon M., Mark J. Valencia and Jenny Miller Garmendia. It was the North’s bloodiest assault on civilian targets since it planted a bomb on a South Korean airliner in 1987, killing 115 people. The Kims had visited a nearby fish farm on 22 November in the company of various senior military figures. [31] South Korean forces went ahead with a live-fire exercise in waters off Baengnyeong Island and Yeonpyeong Island within South Korean-held territory. North Korea bombs South Korea's Yeonpyeong Island. It has made several incursions that have sparked clashes between the two sides, notably a naval battle near Yeonpyeong island in 1999 as well as another engagement in the same area in 2002. The bombardment of Yeonpyeong was an artillery engagement between the North Korean military and South Korean forces stationed on Yeonpyeong Island on 23 November 2010. [39] South Korean media reported that 5–10 North Korean soldiers had been killed and 30 wounded, and the National Intelligence Service suggests damage to North Korean troops had been considerable during the South Korean counter-battery fire. ""North Korea argues that we fired at them first, but this is the direction that we fired," he said standing on the northern tip of the normally idyllic island of fishermen, pointing southwest, away from North Korea.". [14] The countries' western maritime boundary has long been a flash point between the two Koreas. [9] The countries' western maritime boundary has long been a flash point between the two Koreas.[8]. : A spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry said that the country was concerned at the incident and that "Vietnam opposes the use of force or threatening to use force in international relations and any military action that causes harm to innocent civilians". [58] The impact of the shelling on the financial industry led South Korea's central bank, the Bank of Korea, to hold an emergency meeting to assess the impact of the fighting on the markets. It is also an inhumane atrocity, in which [North Korea] indiscriminately fired shells into unarmed civilian residential areas." [4], The incident caused an escalation of tension on the Korean Peninsula and prompted widespread international condemnation of the North's actions. [39], 20:35 – 21:10: South Korean President Lee Myung-bak meets with his Joint Chief of Staff. [39] [66], North Korea's motives for the attack were unclear and were the subject of widespread speculation in the South and elsewhere. The South's military was placed on its highest non-wartime alert after the shells landed on Yeonpyeong island. [20] On the same day, South Korea and the United States began the annual Hoguk exercise, a large-scale military drill involving the South Korean and US militaries. For just over an hour, the North bombarded Yeonpyeong Island, killing two South Korean marines, injuring 16 more marines and injuring at least three civilians. He called for "the two Koreas to begin talks to prevent the situation from worsening" and urged the government to protect the peace and safety of South Koreans. After a South Korean artillery practice on the island, North Korea fired about 170 shells at Yeonpyeong. Tensions surrounding the disputed Northern Limit Line are expected to heat up later this week as the second anniversary of the Yeonpyeong Island shelling approaches. North Korean fishing vessels often wander into the area and are frequently chased away by South Korean patrol vessels. [67] It has also been suggested that the attack was linked to the North's need for food aid. 2,000 boxes of emergency relief materials and more than 3,500 relief kits and boxes of food were sent to help residents recover. [40], The shelling caused a number of casualties among South Koreans living on Yeongpyeong. South Korean KF-16 and F-15K jets were also scrambled to the area, though they did not engage North Korean targets. 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