PRO-PALESTINIAN activists have stage a "die-in" protest within the Scottish National War Memorial at Edinburgh Castle.

Demonstrators from the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (SPSC) posted pictures on social media of the action, showing individuals lying underneath names on the walls of the memorial, covered in a large Palestinian flag.

They also placed a sign with the words "ceasefire now" on top.

The Scottish National War Memorial commemorates nearly 135,000 Scottish casualties in the First World War, 1914-18, more than 50,000 in the Second World War, 1939-45.

It also represents the campaigns since 1945, including the Malayan Emergency, the Korean War, Northern Ireland, the Falklands War, and the Gulf War.

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The group lay underneath the memorial for Scots who died during the conquest of Palestine in 1917.

In a statement, the group said: ‘We do not disrespect those who lost their lives in war by recognizing those who are murdered today in the same lands over a century later.

"We also recognize that from the dates that the Scots were killed in battles in Palestine carved upon these walls until today when Palestinians are being genocided, Palestinians have never had a day of peace due to British colonial plans, they have been displaced and killed and illegally arrested, and walled off in a concentration camp. Their genocide must be stopped."

Since Israel’s offensive began, more than 27,000 Palestinians have been killed and 66,000 wounded, according to the health ministry in the Hamas-run territory.

Israel has also left vast swathes of the tiny coastal enclave levelled, displaced 85% of its population, and pushed a quarter of residents to starvation.