Pro-Palestinian protesters have blocked the entrances to a BAE Systems factory in southeast England, targeting Britain's biggest military supplier to call for an end to arms sales to Israel.
Holding up a sign saying "Stop Arming Israel" and waving Palestinian flags, the protesters stood in front of one entrance at the Rochester, Kent, site, where BAE tests and assembles electronic equipment used on military aircraft and in surveillance systems.
BAE said it does not directly export any equipment to Israel, but the group is a tier-one supplier of the United States-made F35 fighter jets which are flown by Israel.
The protest at the British facility follows action taken by unions in Belgium and Spain who have refused to handle shipments of military material over the war in Gaza.
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