An Israeli settler was stabbed on Tuesday morning near Damascus gate in Jerusalem’s old city, eyewitnesses said.

Witnesses added that the man, reported to be a rabbi, was walking near the gate when an unknown man stabbed him several times in the neck.

Israeli medical sources stated that the man sustained moderate wounds and was moved to a nearby Israeli hospital for treatment.

Israeli police sources said that an Israeli police officer chased the attacker, but he managed to escape, leaving behind the knife used in the attack. Israeli police sources maintain that the attack was politically motivated.

The Israeli army and police subsequently swamped the old city of Jerusalem in an attempt to locate the attacker.