According to Russian reports, Rabbi Ovadia Isakov was shot near his home while returning from a ritual slaughter. A medical crew evacuated the rabbi to a local hospital.
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The incident took place in an area located on the border of Chechnya, which includes a large Muslim population, prompting local police to look into the option that the rabbi was attacked for being Jewish.
An official at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem said the ministry was familiar with the incident after receiving a report from the Israeli Embassy in Russia.