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Poisoning of 14 People at Paris Synagogue Linked to Substance 'Deliberately Placed to Cause Harm

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"The victims complained of “a sudden strong burning sensation in their eyes and itchy rashes on their skin."

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Fourteen people were injured after coming in contact with poison that had been applied to an electronic lock in a synagogue near Paris, according to Le Parisien.

The Times of Israel reports that the members of the Jewish community Bonneuil-sur-Marne were treated for poisoning after complaining of “a sudden strong burning sensation in their eyes and itchy rashes on their skin.”

Authorities traced the symptoms to a “non-lethal irritant” that had been placed on a lock in the building.

The Times reports that local authorities are protecting the synagogue and that the incident is under investigation.

French police believe the attack was anti-Semitic in nature and the "substance was deliberately placed there to cause harm."

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