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Israeli flags flown close to site of social housing development previously bedecked with UVF flags

Israeli flags flying on the Killynure Road in Carryduff, close to where new homes are due to be built
John Monaghan

ISRAELI flags have been flown close to the site of a social housing development which was previously bedecked with UVF flags.

The flags have appeared in recent weeks on the Killynure Road in Carryduff, Co Down.

They have been put up on lampposts and beside a long-standing wooden plaque dedicated to the UVF and its youth wing the Young Citizen Volunteers (YCV).

It is close to Killynure Green, a housing development which saw UVF flags and loyalist emblems flown as the first residents prepared to move in three years ago.

The UVF flags have since been taken down from Killynure Green, although Union flags remain on display in the development.

In May, planning permission was granted for a further 24 homes in the Killynure area.

A sprawling extension of south Belfast, Carryduff has traditionally been mixed, although the Killynure estate is predominantly unionist.

A resident who contacted The Irish News said he believed it was the "first time" the Israeli flags had gone up.

Independent councillor Geraldine Rice said that she doesn't believe the flags are a "long-term thing" saying they "will be down probably by the end of August".

Ms Rice said that there had been extensive negotiation and dialogue leading to the resolution of many of the previous issues around flags.

This summer organisers of an Eleventh night bonfire placed the pyre inside a beacon-styled cage.

"It is only through talking and negotiating that these changes have come about. There is a big effort to make sure that people outside the area aren't affected by this."

Planning permission for the new homes received 46 objections, according to submissions lodged with planning officials.

Ms Rice said she was also not in favour of the construction of the houses, saying that there is "no infrastructure in the area" to support an increased population and citing existing traffic problems.

Loyalists were accused of marking out territory at the Killynure Green housing development ahead of its completion in 2015

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