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Syrian refugees pepper sprayed during welcome event in Vancouver

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As many as 30 men, women and children were treated for exposure to pepper spray by paramedics and the Vancouver Fire and Rescue service.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – A group of Syrian refugees attending a welcome event in Vancouver were pepper-sprayed by someone on a bike.

It happened Friday night as the event at the Muslim Association of Canada Center was winding down. The group was waiting for a bus.

Seventeen-year-old Nawal Addo was outside with them at the time of the attack. “They’ve seen enough at home. It’s like us as Canadians, we should not be welcoming them in this type of way,” Addo said. “But all I know is they’re very upset. And I think people need to understand that. This is not what they deserve, and they should be treated way better than this.”

As many as 30 men, women and children were treated for exposure to pepper spray by paramedics and the Vancouver Fire and Rescue service.

Police are searching for the suspect, who is believed to have been wearing a white hooded sweatshirt.