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An Orthodox Jewish man was stabbed in London Friday, in an apparent anti-Semitic attack.

The incident occurred on Stoke Newington High Street in the Hackney area of east London Friday morning just before 11:00 a.m. (local time).

The victim was treated at the scene by a Hatzola emergency response team before being evacuated by an air ambulance to a London hospital. He is reportedly in stable condition.

London Metropolitan Police were called to the scene, and have arrested the suspected assailant.

The Hackney Council confirmed that a “police incident” had occurred, adding that roads in the area have been closed off.

Witnesses say the suspect stabbed the victim, a Hasidic Jew, before being tackled by construction workers, who detained the assailant until police arrived to take him into custody.

A friend of the victim who was present during the attack told MailOnline that the victim had suffered blade wounds to his skull.

The victim was identified as a man in his 50s who lives in the Stamford Hill neighborhood of London. He was reportedly standing outside of a bank when the assailant attacked him.

Community Security Trust (CST), a British non-profit which monitors anti-Semitism, said it is investigating the circumstances surrounding the stabbing.

"CST confirms that victim in today’s stabbing attack in Stamford Hill is now in hospital and in stable condition. Perpetrator was held. We are in full contact with Police and there is no current assessment that this was, or was not, antisemitic."

A Metropolitan Police spokesman released a statement on the stabbing saying Friday: "At 10:54 a.m., police were called to reports of a male being restrained in Stoke Newington High Street, N16. Officers and London Ambulance Service attended. A man, aged in his 50s, was found suffering stab wounds."

Scotland Yard said the suspect, a man in his 40s, suffered minor head injuries when he was tackled.

'Another man, aged in his 40s, had been restrained on the floor by members of the public.

'A man, aged in his 40s, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. He has been taken to hospital after suffering what is believed to be minor head injuries.'

Minister of Diaspora Affairs Omer Yankelevitch responded to the event and said: "Today’s alarming Anti-Semitic stabbing in London demonstrates that Jews in the Diaspora continue to face the threat of Anti-Semitism even during this pandemic outbreak of the Coronavirus. I intend to augment the program to combat Anti-Semitism and to ensure the security needs of Jews worldwide. We are the address for all Jews globally."