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(Reuters) - Several South Korean civilians and soldiers were wounded and many others were being evacuated to bunkers on an island hit by dozens of artillery shells fired by North Korea on Tuesday, a Seoul television reported.
North Korea has fired a number of missiles at its southern neighbour, according to reports. A number of South Korean soldiers are reported to have been injured in the barrage.
Focus shifts to China as North Korea tensions escalate
Tue Nov 23, 2010 12:46am EST
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's tight bond with North Korea faced mounting pressure with the arrival on Tuesday of a U.S. envoy as Washington urges Beijing to use its influence over Pyongyang to curb its nuclear weapons ambitions.
S.KOREA TOP PRESIDENTIAL AIDES MEETING IN UNDERGROUND BUNKER AT PRESIDENTIAL COMPOUND -OFFICIAL
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea says it has scrambled F-16 fighter jets and returned fire after North Korea shot dozens of rounds of artillery onto a populated South Korean island near the countries' western border.
South Korea's YTN television says two people were injured, several houses were on fire and that shells were still falling on Yeonpyeong island. Yonhap news agency, quoting a military official, says four soldiers are wounded. The reports couldn't be immediately verified.
South Korea has issued its highest non-wartime alert in response.
A BBC correspondent says this is one of the most serious incidents between the two Koreas since the end of the war.
Top leaders are meeting in an underground bunker in Seoul over the incident, Reuters news agency reported.