Syrian-Americans in Chicago remain concerned, yet hopeful - Fox 2 News Headlines

Syrian-Americans in Chicago remain concerned, yet hopeful

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The crisis in Syria shows no signs of letting up as a military strike by the United States and its allies seem closer to actually happening.

SEE: Pressure grows for military action against Syria

The State Department says there is ample evidence to support allegations the Syrian government has used chemical weapons, and the Obama administration says that information will be made public in the days ahead.

The situation has Syrian-Americans in Chicago concerned because the fighting has been going on for two and a half years, causing stress on lots of families worried about their loved ones back in Syria.

Chicago doctor Bassel Atassi is following the crisis in Syria very closely and with good reason. He has relatives still living there and as a member of the Syrian-American Medical Society, he has traveled to refugee camps in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan during the last year to treat those wounded and displaced by the war in Syria.

"It's very very painful when you see first-hand people in the camps and the refugees camps, when you see these kids like they're suffering from all kinds of diseases and there's minimum help," Atassi says.

Yaser Tabbara is a Syrian American activist. He showed iPhone maps where he has traveled in Syria in the last two and a half years to consult with and support the rebels fighting the government of Bashar Assad. He says he is thankful his relatives have survived bombings and missile strikes, and most recently chemical weapons attacks, which Secretary of State John Kerry said were undeniable.

Tabbara, a Chicago attorney, said US intervention is long overdue.

"The level of horror that they've been living under has just been indescribable as such, anything that would come to take away the capability of the Assad regime to conduct any of these kinds of attacks is an absolute welcome step," says Tabbara.

Dr. Atassi, who will helping with a medical supply campaign here in Chicago similar to what has been done elsewhere, also believes it's time for the U.S. to act.

"My personal belief is whatever it takes to help people in Syria, we should go with it," Atassi says.

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