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Palestine Action blockades Israel drone factory in Leicester

PALESTINE supporters blockaded today an east Midlands factory that makes military drones for Israel.

Activists from Palestine Action mounted the action at UAV Tactical Systems (U-TacS) in Meridian East Business Park in Leicester.

The factory is owned by Israeli-owned arms manufacturer Elbit Systems.

Two activists chained themselves to a van, partially blocking the entrance to the site, and two others locked on underneath a car that was also blocking the entrance.

Palestine Action has been targeting Elbit factories for more than two years.

Elbit has four factories remaining in Britain after a fifth closed permanently in February last year following a long-running campaign of occupations and protests.

The death toll in Israel’s onslaught on Gaza has now reached 13,000 people with 30,000 injured.

Palestine Action said: “UAV Tactical Systems is a joint venture of Elbit Systems, Israel’s largest arms manufacturer, and French arms company Thales.

“Today’s action is a concrete form of solidarity with the Palestinians under attack while Western governments insist on supporting Israel to the hilt despite growing public opposition.

“Palestine Action last hit the U-TacS site following the massacre of over 500 people in al-Ahli Arabi Baptist Hospital, and this past week the world has once again witnessed the brutal attack and occupation of al-Shifa Hospital by Israeli forces.

“On Saturday, a UN assessment team discovered a mass grave of Palestinians outside the medical complex, and the World Health Organisation has described the hospital as a ‘death zone.’

“British complicity in the genocide of Gaza will continue to be confronted by Palestine Action until all links have been broken.”

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