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Israelis fined for assaulting police officers at airport (Updated)

Two Israeli men were fined €400 each on Friday for assaulting and verbally abusing police officers at Larnaca airport while drunk.
They were part of a group of 39 Israelis that on Tuesday were banned from entering the Republic after they said they would be staying in the north.
The two were set to depart to Israel on Thursday but assaulted officers in the transit hall.
In court on Friday, they admitted to the assault and to being drunk, with a €300 and €100 fine respectively each.
Non-EU nationals are barred entry if they state they intend on staying in property belonging to Greek Cypriots in the north.
Officers at the airport have lists with this property, prepared by the foreign ministry, with the name of each hotel, and the area they are located in, in the north.
Police said the group had produced evidence of where they would be staying, which was in the north.
Neither the interior ministry or foreign ministry were immediately available to comment on how regularly this occurs or if there are any specific nationalities where this is more common.

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