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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he is “deeply concerned” about scenes of violence in Northern Ireland.
It comes after police were attacked and a bus hijacked and set on fire in another night of disorder in Belfast.
“The way to resolve differences is through dialogue, not violence or criminality,” he said.
The disturbances took place on both sides of an interface in the loyalist Shankill and nationalist Springfield Road areas of the city on Wednesday.
The BBC’s Ireland correspondent Emma Vardy said crowds of a few hundred on each side were throwing petrol bombs