Syrians in Sask. call for international aid

With the threat of a military strike looming in Syria, the situation is hard to digest for Syrian people now living in Saskatchewan.
Children, affected by what activists say was a gas attack, breathe through oxygen masks in the Damascus suburb of Saqba, August 21. Syria's opposition accused government forces of gassing hundreds of people on Wednesday by firing rockets that released deadly fumes over rebel-held Damascus suburbs, killing men, women and children as they slept. (Bassam Khabieh/Reuters)

The images out of Syria have shocked the world, including Syrian-Canadians.

News has spread across the world showing people, mostly children, injured and killed in an alleged chemical weapons attack.

With the threat of a military strike looming, the situation is particularly hard to digest for Syrian people now living in Saskatchewan.

CBC's Saskatoon Morning spoke to Noor Mitri and Waseem Sabbagh, both Syrians living in Saskatchewan, about what their families and friends are dealing with in the war-torn country.

Mitri, who was born in Aleppo, Syria, now lives in Regina.

"It’s very difficult.," Mitri said. "No matter what, that is your homeland. This is your culture. Your family lives there. Your friends live there. Sometimes you can't sleep through the night because you're thinking about it."

Mitri said he still has family living in Damascus, Latakia and Aleppo.

"We've seen this building up," Mitri said. "My father had foreseen something like this happening so he left and I'm grateful."

Waseem Sabbagh, who lives in Saskatoon, grew up in Syria where he still has family and friends.

"I was in contact with a friend of mine who was still in Syria," Sabbagh said. "He described the situation as very difficult, dire need, especially in the Damascus area. People are not only looking for food and basic supplies but also for medications. He was helping in getting some medications to the victims of the chemical attack and he said there are no medications basically."

Listen to the full interview in the audio player above.