About 50 years after ten people were killed in Ballymurphy, in the Northern Ireland conflict, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologized on behalf of the British government. He did so in a telephone conversation with the Northern Irish leaders. According to Prime Minister Johnson, the British government is committed to reconciliation and progress in the Northern Ireland peace process. That’s what a statement from Downing Street says.
A judicial investigation published on Tuesday revealed that at least nine out of ten civilians were killed by gunfire from British soldiers during a military operation in 1971.
Five incidents took place from 9 to 11 August in Ballymurphy, a Catholic district in West Belfast: the events are recorded as the “Ballymurphy massacre”. According to presiding judge Siobhan Keegan, all the deaths were innocent and the soldiers used disproportionate force.