North Korea fires shells near South Korean vessel, Seoul says

North Korea fired at least two shells Thursday near a traveling South Korean high-speed patrol boat in the Yellow Sea, the South Korean Defense Ministry said.

The shells landed about 200 meters away (650 feet) from the vessel, which was on a regular patrol mission, the ministry said.

No casualties or property damage were reported, a ministry official said, adding, "We fired back several rounds of shells."

On Tuesday, the South Korean Navy fired warning shots after three North Korean patrol boats crossed the sea's maritime border.

North Korea called the Tuesday incident a "deliberate grave provocative act" and warned that its southern neighbor would face military strikes "without any warning at the moment the latter detects any trifle provocation," North Korean state news agency KCNA reported Wednesday.

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