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    A British soldier was killed and four others wounded in renewed gun battles in Northern Ireland on Tuesday (August 10).

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    A British soldier was killed and four others wounded in renewed gun battles in Northern Ireland on Tuesday (August 10). The dead soldier, who was shot by a sniper in Londonderry, died in hospital. The four wounded men were hit during shooting around Belfast.

    Troops also found the bodies of two more civilians in houses near the scene of the previous night's Belfast gun battles. This brought to seventeen the number killed since the troubles that blew up after the imposition of internment without trial for suspected terrorists.

    This round-up of events in Belfast and Londonderry during the past 24 hours was filmed by British Broadcasting Corporation camera teams in the troubled areas.

    SYNOPSIS: Belfast continued to burn on Tuesday in the wake of some of the most violent rioting ever seen in Northern Ireland. So far at least seventeen people are dead and almost one hundred injured. It has been impossible to assess the damage to property.

    The most vicious attacks came at the Parachute Regiment outpost bordering on the Bally murphy Estate in Belfast.

    The troops came under sustained fire from terrorists -- some in the street, some hiding and snipers in houses nearby.

    Hundreds of bullets were fired into the outpost which had been heavily fortified after recent nightly attacks. The troops returned the fire, killing three people. Today the troops were out in force again, cleaning up the debris left by the attackers and preparing for more violence.

    The night's viciousness was not confined to Belfast. In Londonderry troops and police came under repeated attack. The main target was a police station, but petrol bombs were thrown in streets elsewhere throughout the town. The army replied with their guns, firing rubber bullets to disperse the mobs in the dimly-lit side streets.

    The troops made repeated rushes into the side streets to arrest the demonstrators.

    Churches were one of the terrorists prime targets. This Free Presbyterian Church was gutted by a fire-bomb. The church was established by followers of the Reverend Ian Paisley.

    Rows of burnt out houses on Tuesday stood as stark testimony to the violence of Monday night. This is the predominately Catholic Ardoyne area of Belfast. As the families tried to move their possessions from their burning homes a machine-gunner opened fire. Three people, including a child, were injured.

    But in most cases people haven't waited for the violence to happen. Gathering what little they can, they're leaving their homes for more secure areas of Belfast. The city is polarising in sectarian terms all over again. The Protestants are leaving the Catholic areas and, likewise, the Catholics are leaving the Protestant areas. The debris of their lives is filling the streets of Belfast.

    Housing has become a problem. Schools have been taken over to provide accommodation, but most of these are now full.

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