The Russian government has blamed "external interference" for the antisemitic riots that broke out at the Makhachkala airport in Russia's southern region of Dagestan on Sunday.
“It is well known and obvious that yesterday’s events around the Makhachkala airport are largely the result of external interference, including external information influence,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told journalists Monday.
An angry mob in the Muslim-majority region of Dagestan stormed the airport where a flight arrived from Israel on Sunday, forcing authorities to close the facility and divert flights.
At least 20 people were injured in the incident, including both law enforcement and civilians, according to a statement from Dagestan's health ministry on Telegram.
Multiple videos posted on social media showed a crowd of people inside the airport and on the runway, some waving the Palestinian flag, others forcing their way through closed doors in the international terminal.
According to Peskov, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been receiving extensive updates on the situation in Dagestan from various security agencies and local authorities, and has scheduled a meeting for Monday evening to address the riots.