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Airport riots orchestrated from Ukraine targeted Israelis: Vladimir

<p>On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused, without providing proof, Western espionage services and their Ukrainian operatives of inciting a disturbance in the southern Dagestan area, where a crowd had rushed the airport after an Israeli plane landing in Moscow.<img decoding=”async” class=”alignnone wp-image-260407″ src=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/theindiaprint.com-airport-riots-orchestrated-from-ukraine-targeted-israelis-vladimir-download-2023-1.jpg” alt=”theindiaprint.com airport riots orchestrated from ukraine targeted israelis vladimir download 2023 1″ width=”1053″ height=”590″ srcset=”https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/theindiaprint.com-airport-riots-orchestrated-from-ukraine-targeted-israelis-vladimir-download-2023-1.jpg 300w, https://www.theindiaprint.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/theindiaprint.com-airport-riots-orchestrated-from-ukraine-targeted-israelis-vladimir-download-2023-1-150×84.jpg 150w” sizes=”(max-width: 1053px) 100vw, 1053px” title=”Airport riots orchestrated from Ukraine targeted Israelis: Vladimir 12″></p>
<p>Putin characterized the fights that injured over 20 people—none of whom were Israelis—as a component of US attempts to undermine Russia.</p>
<p>On Sunday night, hundreds of irate men, some of them were brandishing antisemitic placards, poured onto the airport runway in Makhachkala, the capital of the mostly Muslim area, in search of Israeli passengers on the aircraft from Tel Aviv.</p>
<p>According to area health officials, there were injuries to both police personnel and civilians, with two of them in serious condition. Police said that throughout the commotion, over 80 persons were taken into custody. For allegedly planning widespread disruption, Russia’s Investigative Committee has launched a criminal investigation.</p>
<p>In the dispute between Israel and Hamas, which is providing Moscow with fresh chances to strengthen its position as a global power broker and thwart Western attempts to isolate it over Ukraine, Russia has voiced well-considered condemnation of both sides.</p>
<p>Putin claimed that “the terrorist attack against peaceful citizens of Israel and other countries” was what started the Israel-Hamas conflict while criticizing the Israeli response for indiscriminately targeting civilians “who have nowhere to run and nowhere to hide” in televised remarks addressed to senior government figures.</p>
<p>Social media posts and videos showed members of the mob breaking into the airport terminal while waving Palestinian flags and yelling “Allahu akbar!” or “God is great.” Some carried handmade banners with the slogans “We’re against Jewish refugees” and “Child killers are not welcome in Dagestan.”</p>
<p>When they got onto the tarmac on Sunday night, they discovered the Russian carrier Red Wings’ plane was empty. Others halted a bus full of people from the trip from Israel, including parents and some medically treated children, and began looking through passports. Eventually, they released them when, according to sources in Russian media, a few passengers on the bus who were dual nationals of Israel and Russia produced their Russian passports.</p>
<p>The crowd threw stones at the officers, and it took the authorities several hours to disperse them.</p>
<p>Putin launched a fresh assault on the US, accusing it of causing upheaval in the Middle East and escalating the conflict in Ukraine, but he refrained from criticizing the government’s handling of the airport’s takeover.</p>
<p>Putin said, “The main beneficiaries of the global instability are the ruling elites of the US and its satellites.” “They are using it to make their bloody rent.”</p>
<p>He also said, without providing proof, that “agents of Western special services” operating in Ukraine were using social media to incite the Dagestani rampages in an effort to undermine Russia.</p>
<p>He went on, “I’m not sure if everyone in the US leadership is aware of that.” “It wouldn’t hurt to look into how their special services have been inciting pogroms in Russia via their activities in Ukraine. There is no way to describe them other than as genuine scum.”</p>
<p>Dagestan Governor Sergei Melikov was quoted by Russia’s official news agency RIA Novosti as claiming that the disturbance was planned via a Telegram channel by “traitors” with headquarters in Ukraine, with the intention of causing instability in Dagestan and igniting unrest.</p>
<p>Prior to the incident, several local Telegram channels reported that “refugees from Israel” were arriving in Dagestan. In response to some of those messages, a group of people allegedly assembled outside a hotel on Saturday in the Dagestani city of Khasavyurt in an attempt to identify Israeli citizens lodging there. However, the group apparently departed after finding none.</p>
<p>Israel “expects the Russian law enforcement authorities to protect the safety of all Israeli citizens and Jews wherever they may be and to act resolutely against the rioters and against the wild incitement directed against Jews and Israelis,” according to the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in response to the unrest in Dagestan.</p>
<p>Alexander Ben Zvi, the Israeli ambassador to Moscow, said the news organization RTVI that there were no injuries among the passengers on the aircraft, which comprised dual nationals, Israelis, and Russians.</p>
<p>At 2:00 PM on Monday, the Makhachkala airport reopened for business. Though direct flights are more expensive, certain Russian carriers provide flights from Israel to Makhachkala with a connecting trip to Moscow.</p>
<p>Following the outburst, the Foreign Ministry and Israel’s National Security Council said that they had raised the travel advisory for Dagestan and other southern Russian areas to the highest Level 4, telling Israelis to stay away and urged those who are already there to go.</p>
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