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Belfast riots: Petrol bombs thrown at police officers who respond with water cannons

Rioters have been blasted with a water cannon by police as unrest stirred on the streets of Northern Ireland once more. After shocking scenes provoked calls for calm this week, violence again flared up on the streets of west Belfast, amid rising tensions in the area.

Stones and fireworks were thrown at police by gangs of youths gathered on the nationalist Springfield Road, close to where Wednesday night's riots took place.

Those involved were warned by police to "disperse immediately or the water cannon will be used". However, those present continued to fire missiles at police and after several warnings, the water cannon was deployed.

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