Rabbi Assaulted near Damascus Gate

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - A rabbi walking with a student guard near the Damascus Gate was stabbed in the neck by an Arab assailant.

The 49-year-old rabbi, on staff at the Ateret Kohanim yeshiva (religious seminary) in the Old City's Muslim quarter, was treated by paramedics at the scene before being transported to Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital, where he's listed in good condition.

"An Arab stabbed him in the neck," Yerach Tucker, spokeman for United Htzalah of Israel rescue organization, told YNet news.

"The guard chased him, but he managed to escape. MDA [Magen David Adom] and United Hatzalah teams treated the rabbi before he was evacuated to Haddash Ein Kerem Medical Center," he said.

"We found a 50-year-old man bleeding from the neck after being stabbed, but fully conscious," MDA paramedic Ilan Klein told YNet. "He said he was stabbed from the behind and didn't even see his assailant. Immediately after he was stabbed, he continued walking for a few meters until he encountered a police officer," he said.

"The incident took place within the Old City walls, and police forces moved him outside to the Damascus Gate. We administered first aid, gave him an IV and oxygen and evacuated him to the hospital," he said.

Security cameras at the gate caught the attacker on tape. Police began searching the area to find him.

The attack comes less than two weeks after eight students were killed and 12 wounded when an Israeli Arab opened fire at Jerusalem's Mercaz HaRav yeshiva.

Sources: YNet news service, israel national news

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