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Syrian in Tucson reacts to gas attack and U.S response

Posted at 7:16 PM, Apr 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-07 22:18:18-04

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) -Syrian refugees in the U.S.have been closely watching the war there.. 

KGUN9 On Your Side's Craig Smith found out how this week's events look through Syrian eyes--  living in Tucson.

Abu Amer escaped Syria with his wife and five children after years of violence and death there made him lose hope for his childre. But the Civil War can still follow him here with the pain of knowing poison gas was used there.

Speaking through a translator he says, “It's just a tragedy. Each person has a witness of themselves or a dignity of themselves and to see them suffering like that and even children, death from this, it's a tragedy."

Two days later, outrage turns to action as the U.S. Navy hits the airfield the poison gas came from with 59 Tomahawk missiles.

Through a translator Abu Amer says,  "What was done with the chemical weapons to children is just inhuman and so it deserves some response.  First of all he is happy to be here in America.  He respects the American life he can have here.  I respect the American life here. I like being here.  This deserves some strong response."

Abu Amer says it's beyond him to know whether the missile strike was the best response but he hopes years of civil war can end with a good leader who protects his people and cares about children.

He says his children's' future is his main concern and that future is probably not back in Syria.

"Here they have at least some stability.  Syria may take years to stabilize.  There's so many forces involved in Syria that probably the best future for his children is here."