Protestors staged a ‘die in’ outside the entrance to weapons manufacturer BAE Systems in Samlesbury.

It was the latest demonstration against weapons being sent to Israel.

Members of Blackburn4Palestine blocked entry to the site during the peaceful demonstration.

People also staged a die-in at the site replicating babies and civilians who have ben killed during the bombing of Gaza.

Protestors, who hailed from all backgrounds and religions also held up banners proclaiming ‘Palestinian blood on BAE hands'.

The protest followed a demonstration by the group outside Barclays Bank in Blackburn town earlier this week.

They are growing calls for the UK Government to back a permanent ceasefire in Gaza and are calling for an end to the occupation of the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

This week, a UN agency promoting gender equality said women and children are the main victims the Gaza with 16,000 killed and an estimated two mothers losing their lives every hour since Hamas’ surprise attack on Israel, according to the UN agency promoting gender equality.

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UN Women said at least 3,000 women may have become widows and heads of households and at least 10,000 children may have lost their fathers.

Friday’s report said of the territory’s 2.3 million population, 1.9 million are displaced and “close to one million are women and girls” seeking shelter and safety.

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The protestors say BAE systems produces components of weapons sold to Israel, such as the F35 combat aircraft and the Mk 38 Mod 2 machine gun system.

BAE also sells products to several countries around the world, including the UK, USA, Australia and £17.6-billion worth of aircraft, weapons and services to the Saudi Arabia military since 2015, when Riyadh began bombing Yemen.