Syrian Winnipeggers are waiting with bated breath for a decision from the United States Congress on whether or not military action will be taken in their home country.
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Winnipegger Dima Alsayed lived in Syria more than 10 years ago and said she watches the news coming out of her home country carefully.
"Seeing those streets that I walked on, knowing that things are not going to be like before, is very rough," she said.
The United Nations estimates more than 100,000 civilians have been killed in Syria’s civil war, now spanning over two years.
One of the most brutal attacks happened last month when thousands were killed. The United States says it has evidence the Syrian government used chemical weapons on its own people.
Now, the U.S. congress is mulling military action in the area in response to the attack.
"We’ve got to a level where we’re seeking help by those powerful countries from the beast," said Alsayed, referring to the Syrian government lead by President Bashar al-Assad.
On Monday, al-Assad told a reporter the U.S. should be prepared for attacks if it takes any military action in the country.
In Winnipeg, Alsayed said something has to be done. "It is a massacre happening and just watching it is not right," she said, adding she hopes the U.S. congress approves President Barack Obama’s request for military intervention.
"I am very worried, but I know that U.S. intervention or NATO intervention will have a better outcome than living under the Assad regime," she said.
She is joined by about 200 people in Winnipeg’s Syrian community who are anxiously awaiting a decision.
Congress is expected to make the announcement on Tuesday.