- Police say that the airport is now completely under their control.
- Anti-Semitic rioters stormed it on Sunday.
- Russia accused Ukraine of provoking the problem, a charge Kiev denied.
At least 60 people have been arrested after hundreds of anti-Israel protesters launched a demonstration at Makhachkala airport in Russia’s Dagestan region on Sunday, targeting an aircraft arriving from Israel.
This act of protest led to the closure of the airport and security forces had to intervene and disperse the protesters.
Local officials reported that twenty people were injured during the unrest, but that the passengers on the Israeli plane remained safe.
The protests are part of a series of anti-Israel incidents that have erupted in the North Caucasus region in response to Israel’s conflict with Hamas in Gaza.
To deal with the situation, the Dagestani government announced its intention to increase security measures throughout the republic, which is home to approximately 3 million people.
The region has a history of conflict with Russian security forces, making the current protests a challenge to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is already dealing with the war in Ukraine and an attempted coup earlier in the year. Are facing.
Video captured at Makhachkala airport and obtained by Reuters showed protesters, mainly young people, waving Palestinian flags, breaking glass doors, and chanting slogans such as “Allahu Akbar” or “God is great”. Huey is shown running through the airport. Another group of protesters was seen attempting to overturn a patrol truck.
In response to the situation, Russia’s aviation authority decided to temporarily close the airport until security checks were completed. Although no arrests were immediately reported, Russia’s Federal Investigation Agency opened a criminal investigation into the incident.
Dagestan’s premier Sergei Melikov condemned the protests as a serious violation of the law, while also expressing sympathy for the victims affected by the actions of some individuals and politicians. He underlined the importance of not resorting to mob violence against unarmed persons who have not committed any prohibited acts.
Leaders in other regions of the North Caucasus called for peace in the wake of these protests, and Dagestan’s leading Muslim cleric, or mufti, issued a similar appeal for peace.
In response to increasing violence against Israeli and Jewish targets, Israel urged Russian authorities to protect Israelis and Jews living under their jurisdiction.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky blamed the incidents on Russia’s culture of hatred towards other countries, propagated through state television, pundits and officials. However, the Kremlin did not immediately issue a response to the allegations.