Airport protesters break through cordons, block road; TV says overcrowded protesters fear disaster

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a former political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

Police and anti-overhaul protesters at Ben Gurion Airport on July 11, 2023. (Carrie Keller-Lynn/Times of Israel)
Police and anti-overhaul protesters at Ben Gurion Airport on July 11, 2023. (Carrie Keller-Lynn/Times of Israel)

Protesters break through cordoned-off sections to fully block transit along a portion of Ben Gurion Airport’s internal access road, leading from Terminal 3 to Terminal 1 and the long-term parking area.

Police flank protesters on the side closer to Terminal 3, preventing the crowd from expanding toward the terminal’s entrance.

The road leading to Terminal 3 has also been blocked.

Inside the terminal, planes are taking off and arriving as usual, Channel 12’s Yollan Cohen reports from Terminal 3.

“But although the police are saying over and over that there is no overcrowding [outside the teminal], we are seeing the overcrowding with our own eyes… We see thousands standing crowded together all along the ground floor [outside] level. We see overcrowding outside the railway station, inside the railway station. Protesters again and again warning of disaster, nothing less, and pleading with police to enlarge the protest area, but the police are refusing to do so.”

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