Local Syrian-Americans Worried About Crisis In Syria - New York News

Local Syrian-Americans Worried About Crisis In Syria

Posted: Updated:
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

Allentown is home to a number of Syrian-American residents. As things progress in Washington, the fear grows among the residents.

"I haven't stopped worrying; my family hasn't stopped worrying," says Hope Sabbagh. "We're very scared."

They show us pictures of the faces of loved ones that they worry about every day, all Syrian residents whom they fear could be in danger.

"Direct family members, a kid 8-10 years old. He is there now, waiting to be killed," says Pastor Moufid Khoury.

"They're very afraid; some people can't leave homes, their basements, to go get a loaf of bread. It's not right to be living in a life of fear," says Sabbagh.

20 year old Hope Sabbagh lives in Lehigh valley, home to more than 15,000 people of Syrian descent. She's been following the developments in Washington, D.C. very closely.

"What is our reason to go over there? It's been two years. And they still haven't contemplated whether to go or not. What are they still contemplating? What is their mission? What is America going to get out of it?" she asks.

Today, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted in favor of authorizing military action in Syria. Those who support taking military action say it's necessary to punish president Assad for allegedly using chemical weapons. However US Congressman Charlie Dent opposes the decision and says he worries about the consequences.

"The consequences could be significant not only to the us, but to our friends and allies. I do not think this is well thought out," says Congressman Dent. "Over 100,000 Syrians killed in civil war, how will a limited strike do anything to topple Assad?"

Each step toward US involvement is more agonizing for Sabbagh and others in the Syrian community.

"We want the Syrian people to solve the conflict with their own hands," says Aziz Wehbay of the Syrian American Society.

"We have families there. We have people that are innocent," says Pastor Khoury.

There have been a number of rallies and protests in Allentown. More protests are planned next week.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Evesham Police: Suspicious Package Found In Municipal Complex

    Evesham Police: Suspicious Package Found In Municipal Complex

    Evesham Police: Suspicious Package Found In Municipal Complex

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:51 AM EDT2014-04-24 11:51:43 GMT
    Evesham Police Department are conducting an investigation into a suspicious package found inside the lobby of the Evesham Municipal Complex.Evesham Police Department are conducting an investigation into a suspicious package found inside the lobby of the Evesham Municipal Complex.
    The complex was immediately evacuated this morning and New Road was shut down after an officer discovered the device.
    The complex was immediately evacuated this morning and New Road was shut down after an officer discovered the device.
  • Ramsey: Deliveryman's Shooting By Police Looks Like 'Tragic Miscommunication'

    Ramsey: Deliveryman's Shooting By Police Looks Like 'Tragic Miscommunication'

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:30 AM EDT2014-04-24 11:30:04 GMT
    Police say a man shot and wounded by plainclothes officers in Philadelphia is a pizza deliveryman who may have mistaken them for robbers.
    Police say a man shot and wounded by plainclothes officers in Philadelphia is a pizza deliveryman who may have mistaken them for robbers.
  • Man In Critical Condition After Germantown Shooting

    Man In Critical Condition After Germantown Shooting

    Man In Critical Condition After Germantown Shooting

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:28 AM EDT2014-04-24 11:28:07 GMT
    Police responded to a report of a shooting on Wayne Ave and Chelten Ave at 10:26pm Wednesday night outside of Victor's Tavern.
    Police responded to a report of a shooting on Wayne Ave and Chelten Ave at 10:26pm Wednesday night outside of Victor's Tavern.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Free dental clinic to draw thousands in Hartford

    Free dental clinic to draw thousands in Hartford

    Thursday, April 24 2014 8:24 AM EDT2014-04-24 12:24:06 GMT
    More than 2,000 patients are expected to seek free dental work at an annual clinic in Connecticut.  The seventh annual Connecticut Mission of Mercy free dental clinic is scheduled for Friday and Saturday.
    More than 2,000 patients are expected to seek free dental work at an annual clinic in Connecticut.  The seventh annual Connecticut Mission of Mercy free dental clinic is scheduled for Friday and Saturday.
  • Fire at Carlstadt Post Office

    Fire at Carlstadt Post Office

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:50 AM EDT2014-04-24 11:50:47 GMT
    An overnight fire caused significant damage to a Carlstadt, N.J. post office.  It happened around 1:30 a.m. on Thursday at 331 1st Street.
    An overnight fire caused significant damage to a Carlstadt, N.J. post office.  It happened around 1:30 a.m. on Thursday at 331 1st Street.
  • Deli clerk burned in Molotov Cocktail attack

    Deli clerk burned in Molotov Cocktail attack

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:10 AM EDT2014-04-24 11:10:53 GMT
    A store clerk inside of a Brooklyn mini-mart was set ablaze when an enraged sicko threw a Molotov Cocktail into the store.  It happened just before 2 a.m. on Wednesday at the store on Fort Hamilton Parkway.The 34-year-old store clerk had his hair and coat catch fire in the attack.
    A store clerk inside of a Brooklyn mini-mart was set ablaze when an enraged sicko threw a Molotov Cocktail into the store.  It happened just before 2 a.m. on Wednesday at the store on Fort Hamilton Parkway.The 34-year-old store clerk had his hair and coat catch fire in the attack.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices