Panic as American Tourists Bring Unexploded Shell to Israeli Airport

Video shows panicked passengers scattering at Tel Aviv airport's departure hall, with one man hospitalized after trying to flee over a baggage carousel

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People line up at Ben-Gurion International Airport, in April.
People line up at Ben-Gurion International Airport, in April.Credit: Moti Milrod
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An American family set off a bomb scare at Israel's main airport on Thursday when they showed security inspectors an unexploded shell which they found while visiting the Golan Heights and had packed for their return trip, authorities said.

Panic at Ben-Gurion airport.Credit: Kan News

Video circulated on social media showed panicked passengers scattering at Ben-Gurion Airport's departure hall. The Israel Airports Authority said a man was hospitalized with injuries sustained as he tried to flee over a baggage carousel.

It said the family was allowed to board their flight after an interrogation by security staff, who declared an all-clear. Israel, which boasts high levels of aviation security, clashed with Syria over the Golan during the wars of 1967 and 1973.

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