Protesters sat down on a railway station concourse to call for a ceasefire in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine.

Police were on scene at Brighton Railway Station for the second time this month as activists "occupied" in a bid to encourage politicians to call for a permanent ceasefire in the region.

A spokesman for the campaign told The Argus: "Over 100 members of the local community are occupying Brighton station for the second time."

The British Transport Police said that only 20 activists were involved with the protest.

Pictures from the station show dozens of protesters chanting the controversial slogan "From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free" and "ceasefire now."

The phrase "from the river to the sea" refers to the area between the River Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea, which covers Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Culture secretary Lucy Frazer MP has described the chant as "extremely offensive". She told LBC the chant "is calling for the eradication of the state of Israel and by analogy, therefore, the eradication of the Jews within Israel".

But other campaigners argue it is simply calling for "equality" for residents of the Palestinian state.

A spokesman for the British Transport Police said: "Yesterday, there was a peaceful protest at Brighton station.

"About 20 people gathered from around 6.45pm to 8pm and did not affect the operation of the station.

"British Transport Police were in attendance to minimise disruption to passengers. No arrests were made."