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Activists shut down factory that supplies weapons components to Israel

A FACTORY that supplies components for weapons used by Israel to attack Palestinians was shut down by activists today.

Activists from Palestine Action occupied the Solvay factory in Wrexham, north Wales, halting production.

The chemicals firm manufactures materials including solvents used in the making of drones by Israeli-owned Elbit, which has five factories in Britain. Its drones are supplied to the Israeli military and have been used in attacks on Gaza.

The occupation was the group’s first action in Wales, and was backed by the Welsh Underground Network, which campaigns for Wales to become an independent socialist republic.

A Palestine Action statement said: “This morning activists stormed a materials factory owned and operated by Solvay, a chemicals company complicit in the slaughter of Palestinians.

“Activists have forced closure of the site, have covered buildings in blood-red paint and are dismantling factory premises.

“Today’s action is being taken against Solvay to undermine their contributions to Israeli apartheid and war crimes.”

The Welsh Underground Network said: “The network applauds and supports all involved in the occupation of this factory. Action like this is critical to ending the apartheid regime in occupied Palestine.”

Palestine Action urged supporters to go to the site in solidarity with the occupiers, some of whom are on the roof of the factory at Abenbury Way, Wrexham Industrial Estate, Wrexham, Clwyd.

Solvay is an international corporation based in Brussels, with operations in the United States, China, Germany, France, Italy and Latin America.

A spokeswoman for Solvay said: “At this stage, we can only say that we are taking this seriously and are very concerned about the safety of the protesters on the roof.

“The police are present on-site and the company is offering its full collaboration. Solvay is investigating the matter and will issue a statement in due course.”

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