Britain Calls In More Troops Amid Violence

From Times Wire Reports

Britain ordered more troops into Northern Ireland, beefing up its forces in anticipation of weeks of confrontations between militant Protestants and Roman Catholics.

The deteriorating security situation added to already grave pressures on Northern Ireland's joint Catholic-Protestant administration, the centerpiece of the U.S.-mediated Good Friday peace accord of 1998.

Shortly after the announcement that an extra 1,600 soldiers were coming, rival Protestant and Catholic mobs in north Belfast resumed their stone-throwing attacks on each other and the police struggled to keep them apart.

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