On Friday, 3rd July 1970, the Falls Curfew started when the British army began weapons searches in the Falls Road area of West Belfast and imposed a military curfew, restricting residents’ movements. This resulted in several clashes and gun battles with both the Official and Provisional IRA. The curfew lasted until the morning of Sunday the 5th, when a group of women, mainly from Andersonstown, breached the military cordon bringing supplies to the area. By the end of the curfew, there had been four civilians killed and dozens wounded, along with numerous arrests.
This account of the events from the Central Citizens Defence Committee and written by Seán Óg Ó Fearghail, was produced a few months later: