Over the weekend of 6-7 January 2024, the North Korean military continued firing artillery rounds near the Northern Limit Line (NLL) — the de facto maritime border between North and South Korea in the Yellow Sea. Approximately 90 artillery rounds were detected on the northern side of NLL on 7 January, whereas more than 60 such rounds were detected the previous day. None of the shells crossed the maritime border, and there were no reports of damage or injuries. North Korea began the latest artillery firing drills on 5 January, with more than 200 rounds fired near the South Korean islands of Yeonpyeong and Baengnyeong, prompting South Korean officials to issue evacuation orders and cancel ferry services.