Refugees ‘targeted’ in Wester Hailes fire attack

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An Egyptian refugee living in Edinburgh has spoken of his fear after a fire attack at his home.

The father-of-four, who does not wish to be named, claims his family was the target of a fire at a flat in Wester Hailes on Saturday morning.

The family, who moved to Scotland last year, said it is one of a series of incidents against his family, including his young daughter’s buggy being set alight.

He said: “I heard about Scottish people, they’re friendly and welcoming to people from different countries and different cultures, never thought this was going to happen with us in Scotland.”

“My wife she used to wear niqab, but she took it off because she is scared. We can’t feel safe nowhere, it’s just a disappointment really,

“Every day things are getting worse than ever, honestly, we don’t feel safe at all, my kids can’t sleep.”

A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “Police in Edinburgh are appealing for information after a common stair within a block of flats was set alight in the early hours of 2 September. We are treating this as a deliberate fireraising incident.”