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Belfast's July 12th parades pass off peacefully

The evening before the parades three people were stabbed in clashes between republicans and loyalists.

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Man stabbed in Belfast clashes ahead of 12th parades

A man has been stabbed during fighting between republican and loyalist factions in Northern Ireland ahead of the annual 'Twelfth of July' commemorations.

The victim, 28, was treated in hospital for injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening, police said.

11th night bonfires are seen across Belfast, as clashes break out. Credit: PA

A Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) spokesman said: "At approximately 3.10am, police received a report that a man had been stabbed and that rival factions were fighting in the area [...] Police attended the area and the two groups were separated at approximately 3.30am."

The violence happened at the Ormeau bridge, an arterial link which separates predominantly nationalist and unionist residential areas.

Read: Northern Ireland set for Glorious 12th parades

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