• Short Summary

    A FURTHER THREAT TO THE WATER SUPPLIES OF BELFAST HAS BEEN CAUSED BY LAST NIGHT'S (THURSDAY) WRECKING OF A WATER MAIN BY A BOMB PLANTED BY SABOTEURS.

  • Description

    A FURTHER THREAT TO THE WATER SUPPLIES OF BELFAST HAS BEEN CAUSED BY LAST NIGHT'S (THURSDAY) WRECKING OF A WATER MAIN BY A BOMB PLANTED BY SABOTEURS. THE BLAST, THE THIRD UPON THE NORTHERN IRISH CAPITAL'S WATER SUPPLIES THIS WEEK, HAS RESULTED IN RESTRICTIONS ON WATER USE IN THE AREA AND THE STEPPING UP OF SECURITY BY BRITISH FORCES.

    THE LATEST ATTACK -- ANOTHER INCIDENT IN THE CATHOLIC VERSUS PROTESTANT VIOLENCE NOW RAGING IN NORTHERN IRELAND -- HIT A WATER MAIN SOME 27 MILES (40 KMS) SOUTH OF THE CITY. THE PIPE WAS PART OF THE SAME SYSTEM THAT WAS WRECKED BY A SABOTEURS BOMB LAST SUNDAY (20 APRIL). ON WEDNESDAY (23 APRIL), THE CITY'S WATER SUPPLY WAS CUT IN HALF BY ANOTHER ATTACK.

    THE AUTHORITIES HAVE STEPPED UP PROTECTION BY INSTITUTING HELICOPTER PATROLS BY BRITISH TROOPS ALONG THE ROUTE OF WATER AND ELECTRICITY MAINS. SPECIAL CONSTABULARY ARE ALSO PATROLLING.

    THE PINCH WAS FELT AGAIN TODAY (FRIDAY). FACTORIES HAVE BEEN HIT -- THE BRITISH OXYGEN COMPANY; SHORT BROTHERS, WHO MAKE SHIPS AND AIRCRAFT; AND GALLAHER'S, THE CIGARETTE MANUFACTURERS. HOSPITALS CAN SO FAR FUNCTION, BUT STAFF HAVE BEEN TOLD TO USE WATER SPARINGLY.

    IN BELFAST, MANY PEOPLE CAN ONLY OBTAIN WATER FROM ROADSIDE TAPS, AND THOUSANDS OF HOMES ARE WITHOUT IT ENTIRELY. WATER IS RATIONED IN THE CITY.

    THE ATTACKS HAVE BEEN WIDELY BLAMED UPON EXTREMIST ELEMENTS AMONG THE MINORITY CATHOLIC COMMUNITY FIGHTING FOR IMPROVED CIVIL RIGHTS FROM THE HANDS OF THE RULING PROTESTANT MAJORITY.

    IT WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT A FURTHER 500 BRITISH TROOPS ARE TO GO TO ULSTER.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABP5VPSHF4TAOYMS44MELS9YY2
    Media URN:
    VLVABP5VPSHF4TAOYMS44MELS9YY2
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/04/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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