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Two People Were Seriously Injured After Hundreds of Protestors Stormed a Russian Airport in Search of Israelies

Two People Were Seriously Injured After Hundreds of Protestors Stormed a Russian Airport in Search of Israelies

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At least two people have been seriously injured after more than 500 protestors stormed an airport in Dagestan in the southernmost tip of Russia on Sunday evening, Russian officials and local media have reported.

Chaotic scenes shared on social media showed protestors storming through the terminal at Makhachkala Uytash Airport and across the airfield towards parked aircraft, some with passengers still onboard.

The protestors had apparently been drawn to the airport after rumours that a plane was due to land in Makhachkala from Tel Aviv, Israel. Many of the protestors chanted ‘Allahu Akbar’ (God is Greater) as they allegedly went on the hunt for Israelis and Jews.

Dagestan is located in the Caucasus region with a Muslim-majority population of around 3.1 million people. Although it is officially called the Republic of Dagestan, the territory has officially been under Russian rule on and off since 1813.

The regularly scheduled Red Wings Airlines flight from Tel Aviv landed at Makhachkala Airport at around 7:15 pm on Sunday and was quickly surrounded by the protestors who had stormed the airfield.

In an attempt to take back control of the airport, Russian special forces landed military helicopters on the runway to drive back protestors, firing rubber bullets and potentially live ammunition.

Russia’s TASS news agency said the airport has now been shut until November 6, although the reason for the extended closure was not immediately released.

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  • The videos of this event are very scary and show the hatred toward Jews. It reminds me of Nazi rioters hunting down Jews prior to WW2.

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