A violent group of protesters broke into the international airport of Makhachkala, the capital of the Russian republic of Dagestan, this Sunday in search of “Jews” precisely after the landing of a plane from Tel Aviv. Dagestan is a Muslim-majority Russian region.
The tumult has reached the airport runways and the passengers of the designated flight have had to return to the plane due to the threat of the rioters, according to Russian media and videos published on social networks. The Federal Air Transport Agency has confirmed the closure of the airport and two other flights from Nizhnevartovsk and Moscow have been redirected to Mineralnie Vodi and Vladikavkaz.
Finally, the security forces have used riot control measures to break up the protest and the federal Infestation Committee has announced the opening of a criminal investigation under Article 212 of the Penal Code for “massive riots with violence.” This article also includes intentional fires, destruction of property, the use of firearms, explosives or armed resistance to government agents and also pogroms.
Flight WZ 4728 of the Red Wings airline from Isarel’s Ben Gurion Airport was the target of the violent men, who searched the passports of some of the passengers on the plane and of people leaving the airport in cars, according to the news portal. Russian Baza.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Dagestan government has warned that all participants in these riots may be prosecuted under Article 20.2 of the Administrative Code for violation of the established procedure for organizing demonstrations or rallies. Likewise, incitement to riots or ethnic hatred will also be prosecuted.
In response, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli Foreign Ministry have called on Russian authorities to protect Israeli citizens and Jews in Dagestan in a joint statement.
“Israel expects the Russian legal authorities to safeguard the well-being of all Israeli citizens and Jews wherever they are and to take strong measures against rioters and against the savage hatred directed against Jews and Israelis,” he noted.
For all these reasons, “the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Security Council are following the events in the south of Russia, in the Dagestan district.”
In addition, the Israeli ambassador in Moscow, Alex Ben Zvi, “is working with the Russian authorities to ensure the well-being of Jews and Israelis there.”