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In pics: 26 PSNI officers injured in violent clashes in Belfast city

The disorder began when police attempted to block part of the route for the Anti-Internment League parade.

Image: (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

TWENTY-SIX PSNI officers and two members of the public were injured during loyalist rioting in Belfast city centre last night. Of those 26, five required hospital treatment for their injuries.

The disorder began when police attempted to block part of the route for the Anti-Internment League parade.

Officers were pelted with bricks and other missiles, as hundreds of loyalist demonstrators gathered to protest against the rally. A number of parked vehicles were also set on fire.

The clashes first broke out at the junction of Royal Avenue and North Street, Belfast. It then spread to Carrickhill, Peters Hill and Millfield areas and members of the public were advised to avoid the areas.

During the disturbances, officers deployed water cannon and 20 AEPs .

Assistant Chief Constable George Hamilton said attackers were “intent on creating disorder”.

“As Northern Ireland moves ahead, the effect of the violence has the potential to damage the local economy and the reputation of Belfast as a tourist destination,” Hamilton added.

Here are the clashes in pictures:

In pics: 26 PSNI officers injured in violent clashes in Belfast city
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    (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
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    Bricks litter Royal Avenue after rioting in the centre of Belfast. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
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    A Loyalist protester runs past a burning car during the riots. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
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    A Loyalist protester waits for medical treatment after being injured in the centre of Belfast. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
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    Police clash with loyalist protestors in Belfast city centre: Niall Carson/PA Wire
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    A police officer is knocked to the ground after being hit by a brick. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
  • Clashes in Belfast

    Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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