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Israel-Hamas War: Protesters Storm Russian Airport After Tel Aviv Flight

Israel-Hamas War: Protesters Storm Russian Airport After Tel Aviv Flight

Israel-Hamas War: Protesters Storm Russian Airport After Tel Aviv Flight

Israel-Hamas War: Protesters Storm Russian Airport After Tel Aviv Flight

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  • Crowd in Dagestan, Russia, storms airport after flight from Israel.
  • Videos show people inside Makhachkala Uytash Airport, some with Palestinian flags.
  • Antisemitic signs observed among the crowd outside the airport.
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An enraged crowd in Russia’s predominantly Muslim region of Dagestan stormed an airport following the arrival of a flight from Israel on Sunday, prompting the authorities to temporarily close the facility and redirect flights.

Numerous videos shared on social media depicted a group of individuals inside Makhachkala Uytash Airport (MCX), some displaying the Palestinian flag, while others forcefully entered closed doors in the international terminal.

Photographs and videos verified by CNN displayed the crowd outside the airport with anti-Semitic signs, featuring slogans like “We are against Jewish refugees” and “There is no place for child-killers in Dagestan.”

Clashes resulted in at least ten people being injured, with two in critical condition, as reported by the Dagestan Health Ministry on Sunday.

The airport closure and flight diversions were confirmed by a statement from the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency, attributing the incident to “unknown persons” who breached the facility.

The Red Wing Airlines flight from Tel Aviv landed at 7:17 p.m. local time on Sunday, according to Flight Aware, and was immediately surrounded by protestors upon arrival.

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In one video, a pilot announced over the aircraft’s speaker that it was unsafe to open the doors due to protesters located below the plane.

According to Russian state media TASS, those gathered were opposing the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

This incident underscores the significant global tensions and divisions arising from the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict, which began with a coordinated attack by the militant group on October 7, resulting in the deaths of approximately 1,400 people, predominantly civilians, and the kidnapping of more than 200 individuals.

Israel’s response has been relentless, with Gaza facing a siege and heavy bombardment, leading to heightened tensions beyond the Middle East.

Israeli strikes in Gaza have reportedly caused around 8,000 fatalities, as per the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Ramallah, with approximately 3,000 of those being children, according to the same sources.

Protests in support of both Israel and Gaza have erupted worldwide, often resulting in heightened tensions and conflicts.

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“Israel expects the Russian legal authorities to safeguard the well-being of all Israeli citizens and Jews wherever they are and to take strong action against the rioters and against the wild incitement being directed against Jews and Israelis,” the Israeli Prime Minister’s office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a joint statement.

“Israeli Ambassador to Russia Alex Ben Zvi is working with the Russian authorities to secure the well-being of Jews and Israelis at the site,” it added.

The US also called on Russia to protect Israelis and Jews.

“The United States vigorously condemns the antisemitic protests in Dagestan, Russia,” National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson wrote on social media.

“The US unequivocally stands with the entire Jewish community as we witness a worldwide surge in antisemitism. There is never any excuse or justification for antisemitism.”

Ambassador Deborah E. Lipstadt, the U.S. Special Envoy for Combating Antisemitism, expressed her condemnation of the incident in a separate social media post.

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“We condemn the violent protests that have been reported in Russia threatening Israelis and Jews. We call on Russian authorities to ensure their safety,” Lipstadt said.

On Sunday, Sergey Melikov, the leader of the Dagestan Republic, used Telegram to criticize the incident and urged individuals not to disseminate misinformation or hastily make judgments.

“By your poorly thought-out actions you only aggravate the situation, pleasing the scoundrels who want to exploit the desire to see justice and the impassioned attitude to other people’s grief and unity, which have always distinguished Dagestanis,” Melikov said.

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