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Kelly Speaks Out After Attacks

19 February, 2004

North Belfast Sinn Féin Assembly member Gerry Kelly has said that last nights sectarian attacks in Cliftondene Gardens and Cresent and in Cliftonpark Avenue were carried out by loyalists and mark a very worrying development.

Mr Kelly said:

"Last night homes in Cliftondene Gardens and Cresent were attacked with bricks and paint, including the home of a 105 year old woman, and in Cliftonpark Avenue homes were attacked with petrol bombs. The attackers were seen running back into the Glenbryn estate.

"I have no doubt that loyalists were behind these attacks and they mirror almost exactly attacks carried out by the UDA in this area 12 months ago.

"Last nights attacks are clearly a very worrying development and I hope that this does not mark the commencement of another wave of sectarian attacks on Catholic homes in North Belfast by loyalist groupings." ENDS

Editors Note: Mr Kelly is available for interview at 12 noon at the corner of Cliftendene Gardens and Oldpark Road (Corner after Alliance Avenue)

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