(CNN) – Five people were stabbed in the house of a Hasidic rabbi in Rockland County, New York on Saturday, according to a tweet sent by the Public Affairs Council for Orthodox Jews (OJPAC) for the Valley region of Hudson All the stabbed victims were Orthodox Jews and were transported to local hospitals with stab wounds, the post on Twitter reads.
The incident occurred at 9:50 p.m. ET in the Monsey area, belonging to Rockland County, 48 miles north of New York City, according to OJPAC. Two of the stabbed people were in critical condition, the OJPAC tweeted.
The Ramapo Police Department was receiving multiple calls and could not comment on the incident as the investigation into the matter is ongoing.
In context, CNN affiliate WCBS / WLNY reported that a Hasidic Jew was stabbed in Rockland County on November 20 when he was on his way to the synagogue in Monsey. Ramapo police do not rule out that the incident is a hate crime.
In addition, patrols are increasing in certain areas, following reports of stabbing in the Rockland synagogue. The authorities ask them to remain alert and contact the police if they observe anything suspicious.