3 Palestinian students in US shot and injured

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A former school for students in the West Bank says three Palestinian students were shot and are being treated for injuries Saturday night in Burlington, Vermont.

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The Ramallah Friends School said on its Facebook page on Sunday that three of its graduates were killed near the Vermont campus – Hisham Awartani, who attends Brown University in Rhode Island, Keenan Abdel Hamid, who attends Haverford College in Pennsylvania, and Tahsan Ahmed, who attends Trinity College in Connecticut.

The school said all survived, with serious injuries.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to them and their families for a full recovery, especially considering the severity of the injuries – Hisham was shot in the back, Tahsin in the chest and Keenan suffered minor injuries,” the Facebook post said.

Burlington police said in a statement early Saturday that they responded to a call of shots fired around 6:30 p.m. (2330 GMT) Saturday night and found two people wounded at a location near the university campus and on a third level.

The first two were treated at the scene and taken to Vermont Medical Center by fire department, the police statement said, while the third was taken to the same hospital.

Police have not identified or arrested the shooter, the statement said. A police spokesman could not immediately be reached on Sunday.

The shooting comes at a time when the United States has seen Islamophobic and anti-Semitic incidents, violent attacks and online harassment since the conflict between Israel and Hamas erupted on October 7.

The students spoke Arabic and wore the traditional Palestinian keffiyeh, the Palestinian Foreign Ministry said on Sunday, calling on US officials to hold those responsible accountable.

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, a US-based advocacy group, called on state and federal law enforcement to investigate the attack as a hate crime in a statement on Sunday.

“The rise in anti-Arab and anti-Palestinian sentiment we are experiencing is unprecedented, and this is yet another example of hatred turning into violence,” said Abed Ayoub, ADC’s national executive director.

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