The British government has flown in reinforcements to the area of County Armagh, in Northern Ireland, as recent sectarian killings bring about the fears of an all out civil war in the province..
British troops take up positions. (3 shots)
Helicopter files overhead.
British troops with armoured car patrol street.
GV Farm house PAN TO funeral going past.
Mourners following funeral cars. (3 shots)
GV Coffins carried into church.
CU Church sign and coffin carried into church.
BBC REPORTER'S TRANSCRIPT:
"The first of the six hundred men started their patrols this afternoon. "They'd been arriving during the night and by this evening they were spreading out through the country roads and villages of County Armagh. The troops were on standby as the Army's first reinforcements for NATO and their move to Northern Ireland suggests that the army's resources are being stretched. Some of the victims of the shooting which brought about this latest crisis were buried today. The first of the five Catholics murdered on Sunday. Three of them were from the O'Dowd family. Their lonely farmhouse was, like so many others, unprotectable when the killers burst in on a family celebration and killed the two brothers and their uncle. They lived on the edge of a Catholic area and as the funeral procession passed through the narrow lanes towards the church the mourners were joined by prominent members of the local Protestant community.
Because this is a country area, where the two communities farm a common land, sectarianism has not yet divided them utterly. As the three coffins were being taken to the local church there was a similar procession for the other two Catholic victims, brothers John and Brian Revvy. And later in the afternoon the first of the ten Protestant victims, Robert Freeburn, was also buried. The other nine, also killed in retaliation, will be buried tomorrow."
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Background: The British government has flown in reinforcements to the area of County Armagh, in Northern Ireland, as recent sectarian killings bring about the fears of an all out civil war in the province..
The reinforcements are from the British Army's crack regiment, the Special Air Services (S.A.S.)
The reinforcements were flown in from their standby position as the Army's first reinforcements for the Northern Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). Their move to Northern Ireland appears to suggest that the resources of the British Army are being taxed almost to the full.
The bringing in of the S.A.S. is expected to provoke considerable controversy, for the regiment has been repeatedly accused of mounting under-cover intelligence operations in Northern Ireland. However, the British Government has always denied such charges.
As the new troops were flown in to the province, the victims of the recent sectarian violence which has killed fifteen people during the past three days, were buried.
As the burials took place, sectarian leaders in Northern Ireland predicted civil war in the province and one Catholic leader, Mr. Gerry Fitt, warned that the introduction of the S.A.S. regiment "would not be helpful in this situation".