Israel's Ben Gurion Airport erupts in panic after American family shows up with artillery shell

Los videos que circulan en línea muestran a pasajeros asustados dentro del aeropuerto corriendo por seguridad y gritando.. Las autoridades dieron la alerta y al menos una persona resultó herida al intentar correr en una cinta transportadora.

Other videos show passengers on the floor in an attempt to secure cover. The shell was removed and the family was released after being questioned. There was no explosion. The family said they found the shell in the Golan Heights and intended to bring it back as a souvenir.

Authorities are still investigating the incident.

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 guerra, and the area saw heavy fighting during that war and another Arab-Israeli war six years later. Areas known to contain unexploded munitions are clearly marked and fenced off.

Israel annexed the strategic plateau in 1981 and today it is a major tourist draw, with wineries, popular hiking spots and a small ski resort with a short season. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced plans to boost Israeli settlement in the territory in December.

In this photo provided by Israel's airport authority, shows an unexploded artillery shell at the Ben Gurion International Airport in Lod, Israel. A bomb scare set off scenes of panic at Israel's airport after an American family showed up with an unexploded artillery shell they had found in the Golan Heights and intended to bring back as a souvenir.

In this photo provided by Israel’s airport authority, shows an unexploded artillery shell at the Ben Gurion International Airport in Lod, Israel. A bomb scare set off scenes of panic at Israel’s airport after an American family showed up with an unexploded artillery shell they had found in the Golan Heights and intended to bring back as a souvenir. (AP)

The Trump administration broke with decades of American policy to recognize Israel’s claim to the Golan, making the United States the only country to do so.

Israel says it needs the Golan, which has soaring views over Lebanon and Syria, for its security. Syria has long insisted the entire territory be returned to it in any peace deal.

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