Following Mass Rallies, Makhachkala Airport in Dagestan Temporarily Shuts Down

In Dagestan, pro-Palestine protesters confronted a flight arriving from Tel Aviv. (Photo: video grab)

After thousands of pro-Palestine protesters confronted a flight arriving from Tel Aviv, authorities decided to shut the airport down. 

Thousands of pro-Palestine protesters stormed the Makhachkala airport in Dagestan on Sunday, compelling the authorities to shut it down. 

The unprecedented scenes of solidarity with the Palestinian people, undergoing an Israeli genocide in Gaza, have gone viral on social media. 

Thousands of angry protesters stormed the airport, the terminals, and the ramp, as they learned that an airplane coming from Israel had just landed there. 

It is unclear what were the identities of the passengers.

Dramatic scenes were recorded on cameras where the protesters reached the plane and waved the Palestinian flag on the staircase of the airplane. 

Shortly after the protests, the Russian aviation authority declared that Makhachkala’s airport had been temporarily closed.

“After unidentified persons appeared in the landing area of the Makhachkala airport it was decided to temporarily close the airport for arrivals and departures,” it said. 

“Flights that were to land in Makhachkala have been directed to other airports,” it added. 

“These measures will stay in place until the situation at the airport normalizes”, it said, as cited by the TASS news agency. 

TASS also reported that a spokesman for Dagestan’s law enforcement agencies had said that “police have been reinforced at the airport amid the protest rally.” 


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