An angry crowd numbering the hundreds, was shown on video footage posted to social media shouting “Allahu Akbar” and waving Palestinian flags at the Russian airport in Makhachkala, a predominantly Muslim area in the Russian republic of Dagestan. The crowd was reportedly searching for people arriving on a flight from Tel Aviv, Israel. Some people were able to gain access to the ramp and ran out to the aircraft and surrounded it. Social media postings showed video of the crowd running through the airport shouting antisemitic slogans.
The airport was closed and security forces there later brought the situation under control, according to a report on the BBC. Sixty of the alleged mob participants were arrested according to Russian news reports. The airport reopened Monday but flights from Israel are being “temporarily redirected to other cities.” Israel urged Russia to protect “all its citizens and all Jews.”