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Protesters targeting a factory accused of making drones exported to Israel said they had shut it down this morning.

The London Palestine Action group tweeted pictures showing activists lying in the road outside the UAV Engines plant at Shenstone, near Lichfield.

Campaigners draped a banner saying: “This factory is closed” on the site’s gates.

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Police were also at the scene . The same factory was occupied in a two-day protest last August. It was targeted again to mark the first anniversary of what the Block the Factory organisation called Israel’s “attack” on Gaza. The LPA said UAV was a “wholly-owned subsidiary” of Israeli biggest arms company Elbit Systems – over £100,000.

Spokeswoman Elly Hassan said: “Not only has the UK government done nothing to stop Israel massacring Palestinians, it actually provides Israel with enormous diplomatic, financial and military support. “We believe that by allowing this factory to manufacture and sell parts for drones – which we know are going to Israel – the UK government is colluding in Israel’s war crimes against Palestinians in Gaza and beyond.

“People are coming from all over the country to the action to demand the UK stops arming Israel. “We will be transforming the space around the arms factory, converting it from a site of destruction into a fun, creative and child-friendly environment – a space that meets our needs and not the needs of Israeli and multinational corporations that export death for profit.

A second site in Tamworth was also closed in what appeared to be a linked strike. Elite KL makes air conditioning units for tanks and is owned by Elbit, the Israeli defence company behind the Hermes drone. Police closed access to the factory and the car park of a neighbouring unit this morning after around eight protesters scaled the roof.