The Irish Republican Army (IRA), which is thought responsible for a number of recent bomb attacks in London and other towns in Britain over the last few days, has called for a Christmas cease-fire beginning on Sunday (22 December night).
SV ZOOM OUT Christmas tree and assembly singing outside city hall
SV Clergymen singing
SV Clergyman singing and woman in assembly (2 shots)
ZOOM OUT TO GV Army vehicles in assembly
GV Clergyman reads prayer and assembly
GV Police at cordoned-off area in Wilton Street, London
SV Sign: "Wilton Street"
GV Heath's house
GV Police car outside Heath's house
"Outside the City Hall several thousand people gathered for a simple service. They came from sandy Row and the Falls -- Protestant and Catholic -- and, if they seemed the kind of people who would, in any case, be in favour of peace, there is a feeling here that ... with only hours to go before the cease-fire ... as there's been three bombings and sustained machine-gunnings and mortar attacks on a border post -- a reminder to today's congregation at today's service that it will take more than the gesture of tonight's cease-fire to develop a lasting peace. An anticipation that the Provisionals themselves revealed to the police and that the British Army are expected to maintain a discreet military presence. But no one here is in any doubt that it is what the cease-fire could lead to, rather than the cease-fire itself, that may be important."
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Background: The Irish Republican Army (IRA), which is thought responsible for a number of recent bomb attacks in London and other towns in Britain over the last few days, has called for a Christmas cease-fire beginning on Sunday (22 December night).
In the Northern Ireland province's capital -- Belfast -- on Sunday evening, a multi-denominational Christmas service was held. The congregation prayed for peace. Earlier in the day a border post was attacked and there were other incidents involving machine-gunnings and mortar attacks int he province.
A few hours after the Belfast service had ended, the Belgravia home of opposition leader Edward Heath was attacked in London. A bomb was thrown into the first-floor of hid home just behind Buckingham Palace. But Mr. Heath was not there, and no one was hurt.
SYNOPSIS: But, hours after the service in Belfast, a bomb exploded in British opposition leader Edward Heath's home in central London, behind Buckingham Palace. No one was hurt, and Mr. Heath was away at the time. Police tried to detain four men, who escaped in a car. The explosion happened in the first-floor drawing room of the house.