Russian Airport Shuts Down as Protesters Occupy Runway in Search for Israeli Flight

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A Russian airport was besieged by a large group of protesters numbering in the hundreds. 

Their primary objective, as reported, was to intercept a flight originating from Israel that was due to land at the airport.

The incident unfolded on a Sunday evening when a large crowd poured onto the landing field and runway. 

Social media videos captured young men among the protesters, some waving Palestinian flags and displaying hostile behavior.

The footage revealed specific individuals attempting to overturn a police car and shout anti-Semitic slogans. 

Shockingly, some protesters even inspected the passports of arriving passengers, creating a chaotic and alarming scene. 

Reports indicated that one group of protesters approached an aircraft on the runway, which bore an identification number suggesting it had originated from Israel.

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An airport in Russia was besieged by a large group of protesters numbering in the hundreds.

Authorities in Dagestan, a region with a significant Muslim population, swiftly responded by closing the airport and diverting flights. 

The Russian aviation authority, Rosaviatsia, reported that the protesters had been dispersed by 10:20 PM local time, but the airport would remain closed until the situation normalized.

Regrettably, around 20 people were injured during the incident, including two in critical condition. In response, Russia’s Investigative Committee initiated a criminal investigation.

Social media posts on the Telegram platform had spread rumors that flights carrying refugees from Israel would arrive that evening. 

These rumors added to the tension in the region.

Amid this chaos, Israel called upon Russian authorities to protect Israeli citizens and Jews residing within their jurisdiction. 

They emphasized the need to take decisive action against the rioters and those inciting violence against Jews and Israelis.

While expressing support for a ceasefire in the Israeli-Gaza conflict, the Dagestani government appealed to its citizens to remain calm and not participate in such protests. 

The supreme mufti of Dagestan, Sheikh Akhmad Afandi, encouraged the protesters to find alternative, non-violent ways to address their concerns, emphasizing the importance of patience and calm.

The incident at Makhachkala airport highlights the need for peaceful dialogue and understanding in times of global conflict. 

It serves as a reminder of the importance of addressing grievances peacefully and upholding the safety and security of all individuals, regardless of their nationality or religion.

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