Teen refugees who escaped violence in Syria, badly beaten in North St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (KPLR) - Five years of bloody civil war have plagued the country of Syria with violence and deadly air strikes.

With no signs of it coming to an end, thousands are being forced to flee for their lives, including about 10,000 who have resettled in the United States.

But a group of teenagers who escaped the violence in their war-torn home became targets of violence in North St Louis.

According to St. Louis Police, four unidentified suspects approached four Syrian teens, ages 13-15 years-old, in the 1100 block of Hodiamont on Tuesday evening around 7 pm.

The police report states the suspects told the teens that “they wanted to fight” and the suspects punched and kicked the teens before running away.

An ambulance was called and took a 15-year-old, complaining of leg pain to the hospital.

A translator and friend of the boy’s family told Fox 2 News that the boy may need surgery. The translator also said the family is afraid to stay in the area but have limited options.

“Because most of them have 5 kids, 6 kids and no one accept them to lease another house or apartment somewhere else,” said the translator.

St. Louis Police are investigating.

The International Institute of St. Louis says it is working to find out more about the incident so it can help the family.