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Two haredi Jews were attacked last Wednesday, within a few hours, while walking in the neighborhood of Stamford Hill, where there is a large haredi population.

The assailant punched them without warning while walking beside them. The two victims were a 12-year-old boy and a man in his 60s, who lost consciousness and was hospitalized following the assault.

Yediot Aharonot reported that the crime was documented in both cases by a security camera and a passerby. The attacker, bearing a Muslim appearance, was seen walking down the street and, in an instant and without any warning, punching a Jewish man walking beside him.

London police have opened an investigation, but as of last night they have not yet classified the acts as a "hate crime" or "anti-Semitic crime" despite indications to that effect.