By Ryan Gildersleeve
An airport in the Dagestan region of Russia will be closed until tomorrow morning following a riot which broke out on Sunday.
Hundreds of angry Russian men stormed the airport after getting words that an arriving plane was going to be full of Israeli refugees.
Dagestan’s Ministry of Health has stated over 20 people were injured, including civilians and police officers. 60 people have reportedly been detained in connection with the event.
Among the riot was a select group of people holding signs which read messages such as, “Child killers are not welcome in Dagestan,” and, “We’re against Jewish refugees.”
Russian special intelligence is making the presumption that the riot was set up via a telegram channel, which was reportedly headlined by former Russian Lawmaker Ilya Ponomaryov.
Ponomaryov is linked with a “guerilla movement” inside of Russia, and resides in Ukraine.
In the time since the attack, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stated that he, “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.”
As more information is released regarding this event, we will keep you updated here on news central.