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Syrian Teen Refugees Attacked By Locals in St. Louis

| by Denise Recalde

A neighborhood fight between a group of Syrian refugee teenagers and other immigrants left one Syrian teen with his leg in a cast and another one hit on the head with a gun in St. Louis. 

The incident came as Syrian refugees in the area are trying to adjust to their new lives in the U.S.

The four Syrian teenagers, ages 13-15, were approached by four unidentified suspects in north St. Louis on Nov. 1 at around 7 p.m., KTVI reports. 

The four male attackers, allegedly immigrants from other countries, challenged the Syrian teens to a fight at the St. Louis apartment complex. 

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Witnesses said the Syrian boys did not want to fight and tried to walk away but were picked on by the local teenagers and pushed to the ground just outside the apartment complex's leasing office, according to KMOX. 

A 16-year-old Syrian boy got his head bumped when he was struck by a gun while another one of the group, a 15-year-old Syrian boy, received medical treatment at a local hospital for a sprained leg.

Syrian community families and residents are petitioning for a greater police presence in the apartment complex area, where multiple refugee families are being settled by the International Institute. 

In October, a number of Syrian refugees living in the complex complained of mice, bugs and hearing gunshots in the middle of the night.  

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A resident of the apartment complex, a Syrian woman, told an October community meeting that she was calling friends in a Jordanian refugee camp to warn them against coming to St. Louis. 

The apartment complex owner did not have video recordings of the fight and declined to comment on the incident, reports KMOX.

St. Louis police are investigating the case but are finding the language barrier an obstacle. 

The Syrian refugees are uprooted survivors of a five-year civil war in their home country. The U.S. government has promised to resettle 10,000 refugees from Syria. 

Sources: KTVI, KMOX / Photo credit: Geralt/Pixabay

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