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Protesters accuse Raytheon of abuses for selling weapons to Israel

An American flag flies in front of the facade of Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems facility, in Woburn, Mass, on June 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
An American flag flies in front of the facade of Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems facility, in Woburn, Mass, on June 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

A group of activists blocks the entrance to a Raytheon plant in Rhode Island on Thursday morning to protest what they allege is the company’s role in the “killing of civilians” and “other human rights abuses.”

In an emailed statement, the group says it is protesting the Waltham, Massachusetts-based defense contractor’s “weapon sales to Saudi Arabia and Israel, and their involvement in enforcing the US-Mexican border.”

“Raytheon profits from the killing of civilians, families and children in Palestine, Yemen and elsewhere,” the group adds.

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