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Pro-Palestine activists target UK military company over complicity in Israel’s war on Gaza

Activists from Palestine Action sprayed red paint on the headquarters of Smith Metals in Bedfordshire, the UK, on March 4, 2024 over its complicity in Israel’s genocidal war on Gaza.

Pro-Palestine activists have targeted the headquarters of Smith Metals in the UK over its complicity in Israel’s genocidal war on Gaza.

On Monday, activists from Palestine Action marched on Smith Metals’ headquarters in Bedfordshire, spraying red paint on the building, symbolizing the blood of the Palestinian people lost at the hands of Israeli forces.

According to Smith Metals’ website, the company supplies Israel with components for the F-35 fighter jets that the occupying regime deploys in its strikes on war-torn Gaza.

It was the second such incident against Smith Metals since Israel launched the war on Gaza last October. The last one was on November 6.

“Whilst the brutality of the occupation rages on, we will continue to increase our actions against Israel’s war machine,” a spokesperson for Palestine Action said.

Also on Monday, activists from Palestine Action blockaded two companies in Belgium that provide Israel with weapons and military technology.

In the city of Oudenaarde, dozens of activists chained themselves to the entrance of an industrial zone where OIP Sensor Systems is located. They stress that the company is entirely owned by Elbit Systems, Israel's largest private weapons manufacturer.

The activists were seen hanging a Palestinian flag from the roof of the company, with the words “Stop arming Israel” on it.

The activists also blockaded the entrance to the company of Thales in the Belgian city of Herstal.

Israel launched the war on Gaza on October 7 after the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas waged the surprise Operation Al-Aqsa Storm against the occupying entity in response to the Israeli regime's decades-long campaign of bloodletting and devastation against Palestinians.

The Tel Aviv regime has also imposed a “complete siege” on the territory, cutting off fuel, electricity, food and water to the more than two million Palestinians living there.

Since the start of the offensive, the Tel Aviv regime has killed more than 30,000 Palestinians and injured nearly 72,000 others.

Thousands more are also missing and presumed dead under the rubble in Gaza.

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