Pro-Palestinian activists say they have attacked 20 Barclays bank branches across England and Scotland as part of a campaign aimed at damaging Israel’s war machine.

Report informs via Sky News that the Palestine Action group, which has previously focused its campaign on Israel-based defence contractor Elbit’s UK operations, said its members were responsible for the vandalism.

Images posted on X showed windows smashed and widespread use of graffiti on several bank branch entrances.

Palestine Action accused Barclays of having financial interests in both Israel’s weapons trade and fossil fuels.

In posts on its X account, Shut the System said: “For the sake of all life on Earth we must #ShutTheSystem.

“Splintered windows, shards of broken glass glittering on the pavements stand as testimony to the shattered hopes for a liveable future for all beings, everywhere.”

It is understood that 15 sites were damaged but no-one was hurt.