On December 26, North Korea flew several drones across its borders with South Korea, which South Korean military officials described as “a clear act of provocation.”
A total of five “unmanned aerial vehicles” were detected. One of them reached the Northern part of Seoul before returning back to North Korea, while the whereabouts of the other drones were unknown.
South Korea fired warning shots before sending their jets and helicopters up to shoot down the drones. However, South Korean media reported that the efforts, including over 100 shots fired, failed to bring the drones down.
KBS News shared a video showing military fighter jets and helicopters flying in the sky during the operation.
[속보영상] “북한 무인기 잡아라”…추격 나선 우리 군 전투기 pic.twitter.com/BQtSl1lzik
— KBS 뉴스 (@KBSnews) December 26, 2022
A South Korean warplane involved in the operation crashed East of Seoul, after taking off in Wonju. Fortunately, the two pilots are said to have no serious injuries, and no damages to civilian homes were reported.
Military efforts are currently ongoing, with an official commenting, “Our military will continue to respond thoroughly and resolutely to North Korea’s provocations.”