Pro-Palestinian activists in the United Kingdom have occupied a factory co-owned by the Israeli defense firm Elbit to protest Israel’s actions in Gaza. Meanwhile, according to news reports, Jewish establishments in the UK and other western countries are also facing attacks and intimidation.
Several members of the Palestine Action group on Wednesday climbed up on the roof of the building in Leicester, a city located about 100 miles northwest of London, Newsweek reported. Others chained themselves to the gates.
The factory, which is also co-owned by the French firm Thales, is involved in the production of drones, they said.
Police, along with the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, were on the scene, a police spokesperson told the BBC.
“A further group of protesters have since arrived on the ground,” the spokesperson said. “Police remain at the scene and are attempting to engage with those on the roof.”
Pro-Palestinian activists have long targeted Elbit facilities in the United Kingdom. In February, several occupied an Elbit building in Waterhead, a town located about 262 miles northwest of London, for several hours.
More than 200 people have died in Israeli airstrikes and shelling carried out in the Gaza Strip since May 9, the day that Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza started firing rockets into Israel. Twelve have been killed in the Palestinian rocket fire.
Prior to ceasefire, mega-terror outfit Hamas had fired thousands of rockets targeting Israeli cities. Meanwhile, Mega-terror outfit Hamas political chief Ismail Haniyeh suggested that Hamas’s current objective is to continue fueling the ongoing violence in Jerusalem, just hours after the ceasefire came into effect.
Hamas will continue to “defend” Jerusalem, head of the Hamas political bureau Ismail Haniyeh said Friday as he was concluding the operation that saw more than 4,500 rockets and mortars launched toward Israeli territory.
In a speech given Friday, hours after the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas came into effect, Haniyeh suggested that Hamas’s current objective is to continue fueling the ongoing violence between Palestinians and security forces in the West Bank and in Jerusalem.