TWO Syrian refugee brothers say they were attacked by a knife-wielding gang who shouted “get out of my country”.
Oday Brouk, 17, and Qusay Brouk, 13, say they were targeted by racist thugs in Bridgend, Wales during the alleged attack on Sunday around 4.30pm.
Syrian refugee brothers Oday Brouk, 17 (left), and Qusay Brouk, 13 say a knife-wielding gang of thugs targeted them and yelled ‘get out of my country’[/caption]
Their dad Mohammad – who says he was pushed, hit and spat at after intervening outside their home – now fears they would be safer in Syria.
Dad-of-five Mohammed told Wales Online: “I would rather go back and take a risk in Syria than this happening outside the house.
“If I hadn’t been here, they would have stabbed him with a knife.
“When I came to this country, I was so happy I was crying because I was safe.
“Yesterday, I cried I was here. If I knew this was going to happen, I would have stayed in Syria.”
The Brouks moved to the UK after fleeing Homs, Syria when half of their family was killed in the civil war more than four years ago.
After escaping to Lebanon and Turkey they applied for UN refugee status and arrived in Britain two years and eight months ago.
Oday and Ousay were on their way back from the gym with two Syrian pals when the yobs allegedly attacked them.
As they waited at the bus station a teen gang swore and made rude gestures at them, with one of the gang pulling a knife, the boys said.
One of the boys grabbed me from my throat and I tried to push him away
Oday Brouk, 17
Oday said: “We were ignoring them but they carried on. One of the boys grabbed me from my throat and I tried to push him away, but he didn’t let go so I hit him.
“He was hurting me, I was nearly not breathing.”
He rang their dad and told them the group were following them and had told them to “get out of my country”.
Mohammed, who is due to undergo surgery for a back problem, said he was hit on the back of the head and hand and spat at.
Armed police arrived and arrested a 16-year-old boy on suspicion of affray.
Oday also says he has also been called a terrorist by fellow pupils at Bridgend College and fears it is harming his concentration.
A Bridgend College spokesman said the school “takes any incident of this nature extremely seriously and will continue to ensure that our learning community remains inclusive and safe.
The spokesman added: “We will work with the family, South Wales Police and other agencies to ensure that any investigation and necessary action is taken.”
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A South Wales Police spokesman said: “Firearms officers were deployed alongside divisional units as a precautionary measure.
“A 16-year-old boy was arrested at the scene on suspicion of affray, and has since been bailed until October 27.”
An investigation is ongoing.
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