North Ireland riot, 19 officers injured, violence across the region

Ireland: As many as 19 officers were reportedly injured in the latest riot in Northern Ireland, bringing the number of hurt police to 74 during a week of violence across the region, local media reported.

The report adds, there were also disputes over the police's handling of alleged lockdown breaches by the left-wing party Sinn Fein at the funeral of republican Bobby Storey.

Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) Assistant Chief Constable Jonathan Roberts said on Friday that there was "sustained violence directed towards police officers on both sides of the interface over a period of hours" on Thursday night.

According to the BBC, water cannon was used by police in Belfast for the first time in six years as they faced attacks by petrol bombs, fireworks and stones, reports Xinhua news agency.

According to Roberts, the majority of injuries to officers were to hearing due to fireworks being detonated close to them, one female officer suffered a broken bone in her foot.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Wednesday night on Twitter: "I am deeply concerned by the scenes of violence in Northern Ireland, especially attacks on PSNI who are protecting the public and businesses, attacks on a bus driver and the assault of a journalist.

The Northern Ireland Protocol, as an integral part of the Withdrawal Agreement, was ratified by both the EU and Britain and has been in force since February 1, 2020.

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