Belarus says received threat claiming to be from Hamas against Ryanair plane

AFP , Monday 24 May 2021

Sikorsky read out a letter to journalists that said 'a bomb is planted on this flight. If you don't fulfill our demands, the bomb will explode over Vilnius on May 23'

A senior Belarus transport official said Monday that the country had received a bomb threat claiming to be from Hamas ahead of the diversion of a Ryanair passenger flight carrying a dissident.

Artem Sikorsky, the head of the aviation department at the transport and communications ministry, read out a letter to journalists that said: "We, the soldiers of Hamas, demand that Israel cease fire in the Gaza Strip. We demand that the European Union renounces its support for Israel in this war... A bomb is planted on this flight. If you do not fulfil our demands, the bomb will explode over Vilnius on May 23."

 

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