South Korean soldiers inspect as their North Korean counterparts stand guard during a reunification rally in the border village of Panmunjom at the DMZ in North Korea, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
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South Korea fired tens of artillery rounds towards North Korea on Thursday after the North fired a projectile towards a South Korean loudspeaker that had been blaring anti-Pyongyang broadcasts, the defense ministry in Seoul said.South Korean residents in the area were ordered to evacuate, according to the South's Yonhap news agency.The exchange of fire was the first between the two Koreas since last October, when North Korean soldiers approached the military border and did not retreat after the South fired warning shots, the South Korean Defense Ministry said at the time.Thursday's exchange of fire came amid ongoing annual joint U.S. and South Korean military exercises, which began on Monday and which North Korea condemns as preparation for war.
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