South Korea Attacked by North: Yeonpyeong Island Bombarded

The South Korea island of Yeonpyeong was shelled today by North Korean artillery at about 2:30pm local time . South Korean military was conducting routing drills in the waters off Yeonpyeong. The latest news is two are dead. This is the first artillery strike on South Korean soil since 1953. South Korea has retaliated. Predictably, North Korea claims South Korea fired first. Continuing updates as available. See a video below.

Yeonpyeong is No. 3 above (click to enlarge)

The Wall Street Journal’s ChinaRealTimeReport says dozens of rounds of artillery were fired onto Yeonpyeong. At issue is how China reacts, and how long it takes them to react. After North Korea sunk a South Korean ship in March of this year, China did nothing. One-hundred-and-four South Koreans died.

From EuroNews:

Dozens of homes have been destroyed on the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong, after North Korea fired artillery at it. Reports say 14 South Korean soldiers have been injured and the military is now on its highest non-wartime alert.

As many as 200 shells were fired at the island and into the sea near the western border, prompting Seoul to return fire.

Dozens of homes have been destroyed on the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong, after North Korea fired artillery at it. Reports say 14 South Korean soldiers have been injured and the military is now on its highest non-wartime alert.

As many as 200 shells were fired at the island and into the sea near the western border, prompting Seoul to return fire. Read more at EuroNews.

The South Korean military is on it’s highest non-wartime alert level, according to The GuardianUK:

A resident told the station that between 1,200 and 1,300 people live on Yeongpyeong. The South’s military said it was checking for damage to civilians…

The incident came during a routine drill by Southern forces in waters near the island, the military said.

A graphic from The Telegraph says Yeonpyeong Island has a population of 1,600. The South Korean coast is 60 miles away from the attack site. Two South Korean Marines died, five Marines are seriously injured and ten Soldiers have minor wounds.

Suffice it to say, the bombardment of Yeonpyeong was an attack on South Korean civilians. The island spans just three square miles, and is often the source of tension as it is near the “Northern Limit Line, the sea border between the North and South Koreas.

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