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Palestine solidarity campaigners target Staffordshire based arms factory

Demonstrators protest against Israel's bombing campaign in Gaza outside the Egyptian Embassy in London. Photo: Khader Ibrahim/ABACA/Press Association Images

Officers from Staffordshire Police are currently dealing with protests at two sites in the West Midlands.

Protesters have targeted a Staffordshire based arms factory which they are accusing of making engines for drones exported to Israel.

The Palestine solidarity campaigners are attending the protest for a day of action in a bid to prevent the factory from operating.

They have timed the protests to coincide with the first anniversary of Israel's 2014 attack on Gaza.

Our role in this incident is to facilitate peaceful protest and minimise the impact on others, ensuring the safety of protestors, emergency teams and the wider community.

"In Tamworth those on the roof voluntarily came down and were directed by police to leave the area.

"Lynn Lane in Shenstone remains closed to the general public. There is a diversion in place to allow business traffic to access nearby companies and so residents can access their homes.

"We have a number of specialist officers in attendance, including police protest liaison officers, who are working to resolve the incident safely."

– Ch Insp. Steve Smith from Staffordshire Police

The activists are accusing UEV Engines Ltd of complicity in Israel's alleged war crimes in Gaza.

Children taking part in the military parade, which was organized by Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of Islamic Jihad, marking the end of the war on Gaza and what they called a victory over Israel. Credit: Khader Ibrahim/ABACA/Press Association Images

Not only has the UK government done nothing to stop Israel massacring Palestinians, it actually provides Israel with enormous diplomatic, financial and military support.

"We believe that by allowing this factory to manufacture and sell parts for drones - which we know are going to Israel - the UK government is colluding in Israel's war crimes against Palestinians in Gaza and beyond."

– Elly Hassan, London Palestine Action

According to the UN, during its attack on Gaza last summer, Israel killed over 2200 Palestinians including more than 500 children.

Over 30 UK organisations and nine international organisations have endorsed the 'Block the Factory' solidarity action which is taking place today.

Local residents visited their house that was shelled by Israel during the Operation Protective Edge by Israel, in the Shejaia neighbourhood, east of Gaza City. Credit: Hjazy Ahmed/ABACA/Press Association Images