80 policemen wounded in Belfast riots

Media reported that rioters attacked again the Police Forces in Belfast, the capital of the British province of Northern Ireland, on Tuesday night by firing shots and hurling petrol bombs.

Reportedly, young children were among hundreds who took the streets of Ardoyne in the north of the city during a third night of violence blamed on the republicans opposed to the British province’s peace process. According to officials, at least 80 police officers have been injured during the clashes so far.

The protests, which spread from Belfast to other parts of the province, were linked to the traditional July 12 parades of theProtestant Orange Order.

First Minister Peter Robinson and his Deputy Martin McGuinness were to meet Northern Ireland’s Police Chief Matt Baggottlater on Wednesday to discuss the ongoing tensions.