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Mob storms Russian airport in hunt for Israelis -Official



Mob storms Russian airport in hunt for Israelis -Official
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A mob looking for Israelis and Jews overran an airport in Russia’s Caucasus republic of Dagestan on Sunday, after rumours spread that a flight was arriving from Israel.

The violence in the mostly Muslim region, which comes as war rages between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, prompted Israel to call on Russia to protect its citizens, while the United States condemned the “anti-Semitic protests”, AFP reports.

The governor of Dagestan promised that those responsible for the incident would be punished, and the republic’s interior ministry said later that 60 people had been arrested in the unrest.

Mob storms Russian airport in hunt for Israelis -Official

“More than 150 active participants in the unrest have been identified, 60 of them have been arrested,” the ministry said

Dozens of protesters, many of them chanting (God is greatest), broke through doors and barriers at Makhachkala airport, with some charging onto the runway, according to videos posted on social media and Russia’s RT and Izvestia media.

Russia’s aviation agency Rosaviatsiya announced shortly afterwards that it had closed the airport to incoming and outgoing flights and that security forces had arrived.

This was disclosed by the ministry in a statement early on Monday.

“The situation is under control,” local authorities said on Telegram.

Mob storms Russian airport in hunt for Israelis -Official

A statement from the republic’s health ministry said there had been injuries, but did not elaborate on how many or who had been hurt.

Late on Sunday, Rosaviatsiya announced that the airport had been “freed” from the mob and would remain closed until November 6.

Several local Telegram channels showed photos and videos of dozens of men waiting outside the airport to stop cars.

One protester appeared in the videos holding a sign that read “Child killers have no place in Dagestan”.


Mob storms Russian airport in hunt for Israelis -Official

Other videos showed a crowd inside an airport terminal trying to break down doors as staff members tried to deter them.


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Flight tracking website Flightradar24 indicated that a Red Wings flight out of Tel Aviv had landed at Makhachkala at 7:00 pm (1600 GMT).

The independent Russian media outlet Sota said it was a transiting flight that had been due to take off again for Moscow two hours later.

Hamas militants stormed across the Gaza border on October 7 in the deadliest attack in Israel’s history, indiscriminately killing 1,400 people, mostly civilians, and kidnapping 230 others, according to Israeli officials.

Israel has retaliated by relentlessly bombing Gaza, killing more than 8,000 people, half of them children, according to the health ministry in the Hamas-run territory.

Credits : Russia’s RT and Izvestia media.