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Breaking: Chabad Rabbi Shot

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Israel National News and YNetNews report: Rabbi Ovadya Isakov, Chabad shaliach (emissary) to Derbent – Dagestan, Russia, was shot and seriously injured on Wednesday night near his home in Russia. The shooting took place in Derbent.

According to some reports, he was shot by a group of men, while others attributed the shooting to a single man. The attacker or attackers fled the scene before police arrived.  Reports state he was shot after returning from shechita, performing Jewish ritual slaughter to provide kosher meat for the community.

Police believe the attack was motivated by anti-Semitism. Dagestan has suffered frequent terrorist violence in recent years, much of it due to the Islamist group Shariat Jamaat and to clashes between Sufi and Salafi Muslim groups.

Rabbi Isakov was taken to a local hospital in serious condition, and remains in intensive care.  He has four children.

(Note the Rabbi’s name has been reported as Yaskov and Isakov, confirming Isakov is the correct name.)

Please say tehillim for HaRav Ovadya ben Zahava Chaya.

Update -

Rabbi Ovadya Isakov remains in a critical condition after being shot by an unidentified man.  Rabbi Isikoff was coming out of his car, returning home from Shechita when he was shot. Local police is conducting a manhunt for the suspect, who fled after the incident.

A medical private jet has been chartered and left Israel at 3 PM local time with a surgeon, a paramedic and an intensive care doctor.
They will land in Makhachkala the capital city of the Republic of Dagestan and from there will continue with an ambulance to the city Derbent.

Should the medical team deem it necessary, they will transport the injured rabbi to Beilinson Medical Center in Petach Tikva, Israel.

Police spoke to Rabbi Isakov’s wife and four children, and shared with them that their current theory is that the shooting was antisemitic in nature.

Baruch Grin, spokesman for the Jewish Communities in Russia told Israel Channel 2 News that Rabbi Isikoff “has been living there nine years already. No one knows why it happened, but it’s a very Islamist place and I suspect that’s the connection.”

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