As the missiles fly over Syria, Vancouver’s own expatriate population is watching anxiously.
Rahim Othman with the Syrian-Canadian Council of B.C. says with the civil war now into its 7th year, when he heard of the American attack he wasn’t sure if it was real or a dream.
Speaking to Global News, Othman says Thursday’s strike is something the community has been hoping for.
“We’ve been waiting for such news for a long, long time. Many, many Syrians have been waiting for it. And fellow human beings across the world, to be honest with you.”
He adds he’s deeply concerned for every innocent person in the country, and that he hopes those perpetrating the violence no longer feel immune.
“We’re hoping that this is going to deter them from doing any further inhumane attacks on innocent human beings.”
Othman says the Assad regime is weaker than many people believe, but they’ve been committing attacks for years with no response and now feel they can do whatever they want.
He says he hopes it’s a measured strike that only targets those responsible for Tuesday’s horrible gas attack.