Thursday, October 23, 2014


North Caucasus

Israel Sends Medical Team To Treat Wounded Rabbi In Daghestan

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Israel has sent a medical team to help treat a rabbi who was shot in Russia's southern republic of Daghestan, responding to an appeal from Russia's Federation of Jewish Communities.

Rabbi Ovadia Isakov was shot in the chest by an unknown assailant early on July 25 in the city of Derbent.

Isakov was taken to a hospital but released later in the day and brought to his family home.

The chairman of the Jewish community in Daghestan, Shimi Dibiyaev, said Isakov's family described the rabbi as being in satisfactory condition.

The Federation of Jewish Communities in Moscow said a three-man team of Israeli medics was on route.

Russia's chief rabbi Berl Lazar condemned the attack and said "several well-known muftis who professed moderate Islam have died at the hands of such thugs." 


Based on reporting by Interfax and ITAR-TASS

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