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Riot in refugee camp sees 100 migrants attack each other with chairs and bins after Syrian girl refused to wear a headscarf

  • Some 11 migrants were arrested following the Belgium migrant camp riot
  • It was triggered by the bullying of a girl who did not wear a headscarf
  • The Syrian girl was targeted by Afghan men staying at the migrant camp

Some 100 migrants rioted in a refugee camp in Belgium after Syrian and Iraqi migrants clashed with Afghans because a young girl was not wearing a headscarf.

The young Syrian girl at the centre of the dispute had been targeted by the Afghans for days over her refusal to wear the headscarf, an item of modesty clothing often enforced in Islamic countries.

But when she was defended by her fellow Syrians, a riot erupted which saw the groups of migrants attacking each other with rubbish bins, chairs and broomsticks.


An Luyten, a spokeswoman for the Red Cross in Leopoldsburg, Belgium, told Flanders News: ‘Two or three Afghans had been targeting a young girl from Syria for a couple of days because she was not covering her head.

‘You may call this strange, because several other girls were also not wearing a headscarf. It is not clear why they were after this


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