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S. Korea Halts Passenger Ships Near Shelled Island

Nov. 23 (Bloomberg) -- South Korea halted passenger-ship operations off its western coast near Yeonpyeong Island after artillery shelling by North Korea.

Services near five islands were halted at 3:45 p.m., the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs said. The government also raised security alerts on ports and vessels.

Commercial flights have not been affected, the ministry said in a separate e-mailed statement. Shelling by North Korea injured 14 South Korean soldiers earlier today, a defense ministry official said.

International flights at Incheon airport, the nation’s busiest gateway, are running normally, Incheon International Airport Corp. spokesman Kim Ki Min said by phone today. The airport will continue monitoring developments, he said.

Flights by Korean Air Lines Co. and Asiana Airlines Inc., the country’s two largest airlines, were not interrupted, according to the companies. Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. also said it would continue operating flights to Seoul as usual.

To contact the reporter on this story: Seonjin Cha in Seoul at scha2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Brett Miller at bmiller30@bloomberg.net

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