At least 200 rounds of artillery hit an inhabited South Korean island after the North started firing about 2:30 p.m. local time, Yonhap said.Reuters adds that 60-70 homes are on fire on the disputed maritime border area island and plumes of smoke have been broadcast on YTN television.
South Korea's military responded with 80 rounds of artillery and deployed fighter jets to counter the fire, the report said.
The South Korean army also raised its alert condition, the report said.
"Houses and mountains are on fire and people are evacuating. You can't see very well because of plumes of smoke," a witness on the island told YTN.How much you want to bet Obama caves to North Korean demands? Just like all the U.S. presidents back to Clinton.
"People are frightened to death and shelling continues as we speak," the witness said. (...)
South Korea's military confirmed the exchange of firing, without providing more details.
The attack comes just as a U.S. envoy is traveling to the region after revelations that the North is moving ahead with uranium enrichment, a possible second path to manufacture material for atomic weapons.
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