The PSNI said 26 officers sustained injuries in the attack in Distillery Street on Saturday afternoon. The force had attended the site to support contractors who were tasked with removing material destined to be burned in a bonfire.
Superintendent Melanie Jones said, “During the operation, officers came under sustained attack from large groups of youths throwing petrol bombs, masonry and other missiles towards police. At this point we can confirm that at least 26 officers have sustained injuries and are currently receiving treatment.
“Footage from evidence gathering cameras will be reviewed and all efforts will be made to identify those involved in the completely unacceptable violence we have seen here today.
“We will continue to work with the local community, representatives and other partners to address this issue, but it is disappointing that some young people and their guardians are not listening to our repeated warnings.”
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