Belarusian authorities read out a letter about the bomb on board the Ryanair plane. It was allegedly threatened to blow up by the Hamas movement
The bomb report on the Ryanair flight, which flew from Athens to Vilnius on May 23 and made an emergency landing in Minsk, was sent on behalf of the Hamas movement . This was stated by the director of the aviation department of the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Belarus Artem Sikorsky, reports Onliner.by.
According to Sikorsky, the following letter in English was sent to the e-mail of the Minsk national airport.
We Hamas soldiers demand that Israel cease fire in the Gaza Strip. We demand that the European Union renounce its support for Israel in this war. It is known that the participants of the Delfi Economic Forum are returning home by flight … 4978. A bomb is planted in this plane. If you do not fulfill our demands, the bomb will explode on May 23 over Vilnius.https://t.me/mediazona_by/4614?embed=1
Sikorsky said that Belarusian air traffic controllers informed the crew of the Ryanair aircraft about the declared threat, after which the crew decided to land at the Minsk national airport. The official stressed that “there was no pressure or coercion to land the aircraft.”
In turn, the commander of the air force and air defense forces of the armed forces of Belarus Igor Golub said that the MiG-29 fighter was taken into the air after the Ryanair crew turned the plane towards Minsk airport, Tut.by reports .