A plane at the Royal Airforce Base in Brize Norton. (illustrative) (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) AP Photo/Frank Augstein
Britain Iran Woman Detained

A young female IDF soldier’s flight from Uzbekistan made an emergency landing in Iran, leaving her stuck in an Iranian airport for nine hours.

Last Thursday, a 19-year-old IDF soldier was flying alone from Tashkent, Uzbekistan’s capital, to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Due to a medical emergency on board, the flight diverted to Shiraz in south-central Iran. Passengers, including the soldier, disembarked at Shiraz International Airport and spent nine hours waiting in a terminal.

According to Hebrew reports, while waiting, the soldier called her parents, who in turn notified her commanders. The Mossad then contacted the soldier who instructed her to conceal her Israeli identity and not to speak Hebrew.