Israel urges Russia to protect its citizens after mob storms Dagestan airport

AFP , Sunday 29 Oct 2023

Israel on Sunday urged Russia to protect its citizens after a mob stormed an airport in the Caucasus republic of Dagestan, following rumours a flight was arriving from Tel Aviv.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu


"Israel expects the Russian authorities to protect all Israeli citizens and all Jews, and to act decisively against the rioters and against incitement to violence against Jews and Israelis," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said in a statement.

Russia's aviation agency closed down Dagestan's main airport Sunday, diverting flights, after a mob stormed it looking for Israeli citizens following reports that a plane from Israel was arriving.

"Following the entry of unknown people into the traffic zone of Makhachkala airport, it has been decided to temporarily close the airport to arriving and departing flights," said the Federal Air Transport Agency, Rossavitsia, adding that the security forces had arrived there.

"The government of the Republic of Dagestan is reporting that the situation is under control, law enforcement is working at the scene," the government said on Telegram, after the airport was shut down.

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