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    South Korea's "Live-Fire" Drill Ends, Some Island Residents


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    And as we just reported... some Yeonpyeong Island residents are returning home. But most of the 1,600 island resident are still staying far away for fears of another North Korean attack.

    About 18 islanders returned home to Yeonpyeong Island on Tuesday after South Korea's military drills ended without further provocation from North Korea.

    Residents living on the island huddled in air-raid bunkers during the exercise on Monday.

    The communist North threatened to strike back if its neighbor went ahead with a live-fire exercise.

    [Unidentified Island Resident]:
    "Yes, that's why I came back. I haven't been back here until this very day."

    The North shelled Yeonpyeong Island last month killing two Marines and two civilians, in response to a similar military exercise.

    Most of the 1,600 residents of Yeonpyeong fled the isle that lies just two miles from the disputed sea border, and well within range of North Korea's artillery.

    Now less than 100 residents remain on the island.

    North Korea's shelling of Yeonpyeong on November 23 was the worst attack on South Korean territory since the Korean War ended in 1953.