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A seventh straight night of violence was underway in Northern Ireland as riots continued amid tensions.
Petrol bombs, fireworks and rocks were thrown at police again during the night.
It followed a violent Wednesday night where a bus was hijacked and set ablaze.
Police move in after a car rammed the interface gates and almost drove through the peace line on the loyalist side at Lanark Way in West Belfast. pic.twitter.com/7mR0DSmFo5— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) April 7, 2021
Police were attacked by stones and bottles and a journalist was assaulted.
Crowds rioted on both sides of the area connecting loyalist and nationalist areas in west Belfast.
For the first time in six years, police deployed water cannons in a bid to stop the violence.
🎥 Police under attack as they deploy water cannon in an attempt to contain unrest tonight in west Belfast. pic.twitter.com/30D6G2i7Iz— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) April 8, 2021
More than 50 police officers have been injured during the violence across Northern Ireland, including Derry and Belfast.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson have spoken over the phone and called for a calming of tensions.
On Thursday an emergency meeting of the Northern Ireland Assembly was held to discuss the ongoing disorder.
Northern Ireland's executive has said it is "united behind law and order" after consecutive nights of "deplorable" violence.