There is an increased likelihood of military intervention in Syria as an increasing number of countries state that they believe the Assad regime used chemical weapons on Syrian citizens.
This week, military chiefs from Britain, the United States, Turkey, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Qatar met to discuss what action should be taken next.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama agreed Tuesday that a "firm response from the international community" is needed.
Over the last two years, more than 100,000 Syrians have died in the civil war that began after the regime of President Bashar al-Assad cracked down on anti-government protesters.
Edmonton imam Zacharia Al Khatib has connections to Syria. He did his religious studies degree there and still has family members who live in the troubled country.
Al Khatib says his 27-year-old cousin — a mother of four — was killed when government forces shelled her village. His surviving family members are just trying to get by each day.
He spoke to the Radio Active host Portia Clark about the latest developments and how his surviving family members are living through the conflict.