Feuding loyalists forcing families to flee homes

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The loyalist feud in Northern Ireland rumbled on dangerously, with up to 30 more homes attacked late on Tuesday as the Ulster Freedom Fighters and Ulster Volunteer Force kept up hostilities.

The loyalist feud in Northern Ireland rumbled on dangerously, with up to 30 more homes attacked late on Tuesday as the Ulster Freedom Fighters and Ulster Volunteer Force kept up hostilities.

Most of the attacks came in different parts of Co Antrim, with a score of houses targeted in the mainly Protestant town of Carrickfergus. Windows were broken and cars attacked in housing estates there, and there were incidents in Larne and Greenisland.

The housing authorities say 150 families have asked to be rehoused, most of them fromthe loyalist Shankill area of west Belfast where the feud is centred.

There was said to be a slight improvement in the condition of Charlene Daly, the 11-year-old girl who was shot in the back on Monday night when her family's home at Coleraine, Co Londonderry, was raked with gunfire.

The Ulster Unionist Party leader and First Minister, David Trimble, said feud attacks had brought "untold misery" to a huge number of families in Belfast and elsewhere.

Mr Trimble told the paramilitary groups: "The violence has to stop. Loyalist leaders should be focusing on improving their communities and the welfare of their people instead of destroying their own areas and homes."

The Democratic Unionist Party leader, the Reverend Ian Paisley, said of the attackers: "They are killing their own people. Houses that they are burning, the people that they are attacking have a flag, a Union flag, an Ulster flag, flying outside their homes.

"Here we have people who say they are for God and Ulster and they are prepared to destroy their own kith and kin, doing the dirty work for the IRA."

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