South Korea orders islanders to seek shelter after North fires artillery nearby

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(VOVWORLD) - North Korea fired more than 200 artillery rounds into the sea on Friday near a tense maritime border with South Korea, a military official said, while residents of two South Korean islands were ordered to seek shelter due to an unspecified "situation." 
The firing by North Korea caused no civilian or military damage in the South, South Korea's military said in a news briefing.
"This is an act of provocation that escalates tension and threatens peace on the Korean peninsula," a spokesman for the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
The North Korean artillery shells all landed on the northern side of the sea border (Northern Limit Line) , South Korean military spokesman Lee Sung-joon said in a news briefing, adding that the South Korean military has been monitoring the North's moves along its shores with the cooperation of the US military.