South Korean Navy fires shots at North Korean patrol boat

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South Korea’s navy has fired shots at a North Korean boat that strayed into its waters, the Yonhap news agency reports.

Five shots were fired at 15:30 (06:30GMT) on Saturday when the patrol boat crossed the de facto
maritime border, Yonhap, South Korea’s largest news agency, said.

North Korea disputes the maritime border in the Yellow Sea and has crossed it before.

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Pyongyang called the shooting a “serious provocation”.

The North’s official KCNA news agency said the boat was conducting a “routine” operation.

The line was breached several times in February last year.

And ships between the two countries briefly exchanged fire near Yeonpyeong island last
October.

The incident comes as the countries hold the second of two reunions for family members
separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.

The reunions taking place this week are only the second round in the past five years.

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