Fresh violence erupts in north Belfast

Fresh violence has erupted in north Belfast this evening, with nationalists and loyalists throwing missiles at each other across the peaceline separating nationalist Ardoyne from the loyalist Glenbryn estate.

Fresh violence has erupted in north Belfast this evening, with nationalists and loyalists throwing missiles at each other across the peaceline separating nationalist Ardoyne from the loyalist Glenbryn estate.

Both sides accused the other of starting the violence and of firing gunshots across the interface.

Sinn Fein said shots were fired from derelict houses on the loyalist side at around 3.30pm.

Councillor Margaret McClenaghan said a number of people were treated for shock after the burst of gunfire.

She also said a terminally ill man needed treatment after a blast bomb exploded near his home.

The Ulster Political Research Group, on the other hand, said two people sustained shrapnel injuries after blast bombs were thrown into Glenbryn at around 2pm.

Spokesman Davy Mahood said a number of houses were damaged by the bombs. He also said shots were fired from the nationalist side.

This evening’s violence came as an alliance of unionist politicians and Protestant clergymen issued a statement saying that violence at another flashpoint in east Belfast is spiralling out of control.

It blamed the republican movement for what it called “orchestrated aggression”.

The group vowed to do everything in its power to defuse tensions in the Short Strand area after nine policemen were injured in the area last night during clashes with loyalist youths.

It also urged the British Government to install permanent CCTV cameras in the area, to strengthen and heighten the so-called “peacewall” and to station a permanent security presence on both sides of the interface until the situation is defused.

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