British troops claimed hits on 10 Irish gunmen on Sunday (25 June) in fierce battles that marked the approach of Monday's midnight truce deadline.
LV Man taking cover behind army truck and sandbags
SV Children watch
SV Armoured personnel carriers PAN TO little girl running for shelter
SV Dog barking
GV Area under fire
CU Bullet hole in glass
CU Man with children being interviewed. (SOUND)
COMMENTATOR: "The shooting could well be a token demonstration of strength by the I.R.A. Provisionals. Whatever the reason, many people in this Catholic estate are in a frightened and pessimistic mood."
REPORTER: "How many bullets do you think hit the house?"
MAN: "At least thirty-seven."
REPORTER: "And where were the children at the time? What wee you doing?"
MAN: "They were lying on the floor upstairs."
REPORTER: "Were you frightened?"
REPORTER: "How much hope have you got for tomorrow night's ceasefire?"
MAN: "I don't give it much hope because we have to protect ourselves."
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THE SOUND ON FILM INCLUDES GOOD NATURAL SOUND OF GUNFIRE FOR THE FIRST TWENTY SECONDS. THEN FOLLOWS BRIEF COMMENTARY BY A BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION REPORTER AND AN INTERVIEW WITH A RESIDENT IN SUNDAY'S BATTLE AREA. THE COMMENTARY AND INTERVIEW MAY DE USED. A TRANSCRIPT FOLLOWS AND AN ALTERNATIVE COMMENTARY APPEARS OVERLEAP.
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Background: British troops claimed hits on 10 Irish gunmen on Sunday (25 June) in fierce battles that marked the approach of Monday's midnight truce deadline. Most of the shooting was on the western edge of Belfast around two small army posts at Lonadoon and Horn Walk.
Hundreds of shots poured out towards the troops from nearby apartments, from street corners and from passing cars. The British soldiers fired back bur were unable to say whether the men they hit had been killed or wounded.
The battles were viewed as a last burst of violence by the Irish Republican Army (I.R.A.) Provisionals, before their promised truce comes into effect. The announcement of the cease fire was made on Thursday (22 June), and since then Northern Ireland has gone through one of its bloodiest three-day periods since 1969. At least six people have lost their lives.