Dagestan: Mob storms Russian airport in search of Jews

Israel has urged Russia to protect “all its citizens and all Jews” after a large mob shouting antisemitic slogans stormed a Dagestan airport.

Video footage on social media showed an angry crowd running through the airport in Makhachkala seeking people arriving on a flight from Tel Aviv.

Some of the crowd ran onto the runway and surrounded aircraft there.

Russia’s aviation agency Rosaviatsia said security forces later brought the situation under control.

The airport was closed on Sunday night. On Monday, Rosaviatsia said the airport would preliminarily reopen on Tuesday.

The agency added that flights from Israel to the North Caucasus would be “temporarily redirected to other cities”, without providing further details.

Sixty alleged mob participants have been arrested, Russian news agencies say, citing the local interior ministry.

Video clips showed hundreds of people storming the airport terminal, with some waving Palestinian flags.

Many in the crowd shouted antisemitic slogans while others chanted “Allahu Akbar” – God is greatest.

Video posted on social media showed a mob rampaging through the terminal, asking staff where the “Jews” were.


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