The Northern Ireland cease-fire between the Irish Republican Army and British troops came to an and on Sunday.
The Northern Ireland cease-fire between the Irish Republican Army and British troops came to an and on Sunday. It was thirteen days old.
The trouble began when British troops and a Catholic crowd clashed with rubber bullets and missiles at a predominantly Protestant housing estate, where some Catholic families were trying to move into empty houses. Following the confrontation British troops int he area -- a strong Roman Catholic, I.R.A. - controlled district of the city -- came under heavy fire.
Thee were no fatalities, but the I.R.A. said in a statement afterwards that British troops had attacked the Catholic crowd, and both wings of the outlawed army would 'resume hostilities with the utmost ferocity'. A statement from the office of the British Administrator in Northern Ireland, Mr. William Whitelaw, said the I.R.A. had started the trouble as an excuse to resume hostilities. The statement said British troops only fired when shot at during Sunday's incident.
SYNOPSIS: The thirteen-day-old cease-fired in northern Ireland between the outlawed Irish Republic Army and British roofs came to an end on Sunday. It happened when British troops came under heavy fire in a strongly Catholic, I.R.A.-controlled district of Belfast, after being involved earlier in a confrontation with some Catholic families. The conformation which led to the shooting took pace when some Catholic families attempted to move in to some empty houses on a predominantly protestant housing estate boarding the Catholic area. The Protestants refused to have them, and British troops came in to keep the peace. But it became instead, a violent clash, with exchanges of rubber bullets and missiles. Within half an hour, british troops were coming under fire once more. They were ordered by their offices NOT to shoot indiscriminately, but only when fired at.......
In a statement after the gun battle, in which there were no deaths, the I.R.A. said British troops had broken the peace by attacking the Catholic crowd. The cease-fire was therefore at an end, said the statement, and both wings of the organisation would resume hostilities 'with the utmost ferocity' The office of the British Administrator in Northern Ireland, Mr. William Whitelaw, said in a statement meanwhile, that the I.R.A. had started the trouble as an excuse to resume hostilities.