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Angry crowd storms Russian Dagestan airport to protest flight from Israel | Israeli-Palestinian conflict News


All flights to and from the Russian region’s Makhachkala airport were suspended after groups of protesters stormed the facilities.

Hundreds of people stormed the main airport in Russia’s Dagestan region, apparently to protest the arrival of a flight from Israel amid the war in Gaza.

Crowds broke through security checks on Sunday, with some reaching the runway at Makhachkala airport, before being evacuated by security forces.

“More than 150 active participants in the unrest have been identified, of whom 60 have been arrested,” the Russian Interior Ministry said in a statement. Nine police officers were injured in clashes with the crowd, including two who were being treated at a hospital.

Local media reported that the airliner in question belonged to Russian airline Red Wings.

Footage posted on social media showed frightened passengers rushing to get back on the plane amid the commotion on the runway at Makhachkala airport.

Videos also showed crowds of protesters smashing glass doors and running through the airport, some chanting anti-Jewish slogans. At the landing field, some were seen waving Palestinian flags and others checking the passports of arriving passengers.

Several local Telegram channels also broadcast photos and videos of dozens of people waiting outside the airport, apparently to stop cars. Another group was seen attempting to overturn a patrol truck. In the videos a protester could be seen holding a sign reading: “Child killers have no place in Dagestan.”

The incident comes as Israel continues its expanded ground operations inside the Gaza Strip, even as intense aerial bombardment continues. Gaza officials say more than 8,000 Palestinians, including 3,324 children, have been killed since the war began on October 7, when Hamas, the group that rules the besieged enclave, launched a surprise attack in Israel . At least 1,400 Israelis and foreign nationals were killed in the Hamas attack, according to Israeli officials.

In a statement released Sunday evening, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said Israel “expects Russian law enforcement authorities to protect the safety of all Israeli citizens and Jews wherever they live.” are found and that they act resolutely against the rioters and against wild incitement. directed against Jews and Israelis.

Earlier on Sunday, the RIA Novosti news agency reported that a Jewish center in the town of Nalchik, in the neighboring republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, had been set on fire.

Several Israeli media outlets reported, citing Israeli security officials, that the Israeli passengers were isolated and kept at Makhachkala airport after the incident in Dagestan. According to some reports, it was planned to send them directly to Moscow.

Calls for calm

Russia’s civil aviation agency, Rosaviatsia, reported Sunday evening that the airfield had been cleared of unauthorized persons, but that the airport would remain temporarily closed to incoming planes until November 6.

While expressing support for Gaza, the regional government of Muslim-majority Dagestan called on citizens to remain calm and not take part in such protests.

The government warned protesters on Telegram “not to continue illegal acts and not to interfere with the work of airport employees.”

The statement added: “It is not easy for any of us to witness the inhumane massacre of a civilian population – the Palestinian people. At the same time, we urge the residents of the republic not to give in to the provocations of destructive groups and not to sow panic in society.”

The Supreme Mufti of Dagestan, Sheikh Akhmad Afandi, also called on residents to end the unrest at the airport.

“You are wrong. This problem cannot be solved in this way. We understand and perceive your indignation very painfully… We will solve this problem differently. Not with rallies, but in an appropriate way. Maximum patience and calm to you ” he said in a video posted on Telegram.

White House National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson condemned the incident and said the United States “stands unequivocally with the entire Jewish community as we witness a rise of anti-Semitism around the world.


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