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    22 police officers injured in Belfast rioting ahead of Twelfth of July marches
    Bus hijacked and driven at police cordon
    Fire and ambulance crews ambushed on emergency calls
    Violence does not need to be inevitable, says police chief
    Last updated at 11:57 AM on 12th July 2011

    Violence erupted on the streets of Belfast last night with petrol bombs and bricks launched at police ahead of the annual Orange parades.
    Four officers were taken to hospital but none of their injuries were life-threatening, said the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). A further 18 officers were treated for minor injuries.
    A bus was hijacked and driven at a police cordon but crashed a short distance away during the trouble in west Belfast.

    Eruption: Police try to break into a van set on fire during riots at the start of the loyalist Twelfth of July celebrations in Belfast
    A number of vehicles were reportedly hijacked, with a motorbike and at least one van set on fire.
    Around 40 petrol bombs were thrown at officers in North Queen Street near the city centre, the PSNI said. Baton rounds and water cannons were used by police to disperse the crowds of between 100 and 200 people.
    A fire crew attending a blaze came under attack after their truck was hit with a barrage of missiles and the windscreen smashed in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh.

    Protest: Rioting broke out in nationalist areas of Belfast in response to bonfires traditionally lit by Protestants to mark the Twelfth of July

    Out in force: Police officers in Northern Ireland are on high alert ahead of the Orange marches
    At a separate fire in Londonderry, a firefighter was injured by youths throwing stones. Ambulance crews were also targeted as they tried to respond to emergency calls.
    The trouble broke out on the eve of the traditional Twelfth of July celebrations by Orangemen.
    Tens of thousands of members of the loyal orders will walk the streets in Northern Ireland to commemorate the 1690 Battle of the Boyne victory of a Protestant over a Catholic monarch.

    Missiles: Petrol bombs and rocks were launched at police cordons in Belfast city centre

    Shadows of the past: Belfast saw an unwelcome return to riots last night ahead of Orange marches which are a source of tension between Protestant and Catholic communities
    Riots broke out in the nationalist areas of Broadway, Old Park and North Queen Street in west Belfast last night and raged until the early hours of the morning.
    PSNI assistant chief constable Dave Jones praised colleagues for their professionalism in containing the violence.
    He said: 'We would appeal for everyone to do everything that they can to help ensure all areas are peaceful over the next 48 hours. Violence does not need to be inevitable.'
    The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said it had received 180 calls by 1am this morning - a 65 per cent increase on last year.
    At the busiest time, the service was taking a call every 75 seconds, with most within the Greater Belfast area.

    Crowd control: A man is soaked by police water cannons as the force try to control 100 to 200 rioters in Belfast

    Trouble flashpoints: The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service took an emergency call every 75 seconds last night
    Deputy chief fire officer Chris Kerr said the force would continue to engage with community representatives to ensure public safety.
    Mr Kerr said: 'Firefighters are already exposed to significant risk, in what can be a dangerous profession, without having to face such deliberate attacks from those who they are trying to serve.'
    Before the riots broke out, politicians and churchmen from both sides of the religious community had appealed for a day free of violence after serious disturbances in the loyalist areas of east Antrim last weekend.
    Security chiefs have made extra resources available in potential flashpoint areas of Belfast and Craigavon, Co. Armagh, while every available police officer will be on duty at today's 19 separate demonstrations.

    Fanning the flames: Flutes are played at a bonfire in Glenarm in Co Antrim as the Orange Order celebrated the 12th of July

    Celebrations: A child dances in front of a bonfire lit in the shadow of Belfast's Harland And Wolff shipyard where the Titanic was built

    Burning: A family walks through foam used to cool a house down after bonfires are set in the street by members of the loyalist community to celebrate Twelfth of July

    Divided: A bonfire with the Irish republican flag which is burned by loyalists to celebrate the 1690 Battle of the Boyne on July 12 when a Protestant monarch defeated a Catholic ruler
    New armour-plated police Land Rovers - part of a replacement consignment of 60 which has just arrived - will give officers additional protection in areas such as Ardoyne, north Belfast, where republicans have threatened protests.
    The area has previously seen serious outbreaks of violence because of local opposition to Orange parades.
    One Orange walk passed through Ardoyne this morning without incident although nationalist residents held a silent protest.
    A parade also passed peacefully in Short Strand, east Belfast where violence erupted last month.
    The largest parade will be in Belfast, where some city centre department stores were still planning to open.
    The Orange Order leadership insists the parades are a unique opportunity to showcase their history and heritage and they draw many overseas visitors.

    Aftermath: A street cleaner surveys the damage after a night of rioting in west Belfast by nationalists

    Charred: A van was among the vehicles set on fire during the riots
    Jennifer McCann, a member of the Northern Ireland Assembly for Sinn Fein, said: 'Last night's riot was caused by anti-social element coming together at one spot in West Belfast, attacking the police and destroying the local area.
    'There was clearly no rationale for gathering last night at Broadway other than the purpose of having a riot.
    'Those behind it are not welcome here and they are the very same people who are responsible for anti-social behaviour throughout the year within West Belfast.
    'They have left this community in shock. Children were terrified in their homes, people were fearful that their cars might be hijacked, people were fearful that their homes might be attacked.'
    Belfast City Councillor Tim Attwood, a member of the nationalist Social Democratic and Labour Party, said the community had been left reeling.
    Mr Attwood said: 'The Broadway area of West Belfast has been left on its head, having been encroached by violent youths who are intent on inciting fear in this community, causing harm to our emergency services and destroying property.
    'Those responsible are doing the people of West Belfast a grave disservice and their futile actions have left residents feeling utterly disgusted.'

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