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Source:  The Independent

The Ballymurphy Massacre at the height of the Troubles is being revisited in a new inquest hearing due to open in September.

Presided over by Justice Siobhan Keegan at Belfast High Court, the hearing hopes to establish precisely want happened during the three-day siege in August 1971 that left 11 civilians dead and bring closure to the families who lost loved ones.

A Channel 4 documentary, “Massacre at Ballymurphy,” directed by Callum Macrae aired over the weekend and revisited the incident in which 600 members of the 1st Battalion, Parachute Regiment of the British Army allegedly came under fire in a residential area of Belfast, Northern Ireland, prompting them to hit back and become engaged in a violent gun battle.

Although no journalists were present to record events and no press footage of their unfolding exists, the soldiers are thought to have been engaged in early morning raids – kicking in doors and dragging citizens from their beds at 5 am, according to local accounts – when the shooting began.

Macrae’s documentary explores the suggestion that British soldiers mistakenly firing on their own men might have been the cause of the massacre.

Read the story at The Independent.

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