Israel authorities refused to disembark passengers from a South Korean airlines flight KE957 at Ben-Gurion Airport due to fear of coronavirus.
A 130 South Koreans from Seoul on flight KE957 landed at Ben-Gurion Airport around 7.p.m on Saturday.
Twelve Israelis were allowed to disembark the plane and transported home in a Magen David Adom ambulances. The plane with remaining all 130 Korean passengers were then sent back to Seoul.
Late Saturday, Israel announced a ban on the entry for South Koreans and Japanese amid of Coronavirus outbreak
The Health Ministry of Israel website briefly said that Israel would be totally closing its borders to foreign nationals, but then deleted the message late Saturday night.
South Korean foreign Ministry filed a formal complaint to Israel on Sunday morning, saying they “demanded such an incident not occur again.”
Foreign Minister Israel Katz said his ministry “is taking the necessary steps to ensure the public’s health while keeping up the important relations with Asian countries. We will continue to act in coordination with the relevant authorities in Israel.”