A Rutherford County couple originally from Syria are watching the tragic events in their homeland unfold with heavy hearts.
Louai Faour says he has relatives back in Syria who have been hurt and other loved ones are still in danger.
"My niece is in a really dangerous area. The area she's in now is like the contact line between the rebels and the regime. There are bombs going off every minute," Faour said.
Faour, and his wife Dima, know how lucky they are to be sitting in a Murfreesboro apartment rather than in Syria, where chaos reigns.
"The fighting has been going on there for a year but got really bad after the chemical weapons. The next day he started firing rockets, bombing, very bad," Faour said. "They don't know what they're bombing. They bomb schools. They bomb civilians. They don't care about anything."
Faour said he believes the only way this conflict will stop is if the U.S. military intervenes.
"Now, every day, you hear on the news '100 people got killed.' Every single day. It's not gonna stop," he said.
Faour said he believes Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad is not serious about any diplomatic discussions, adding that the rocket attacks have continued this week.
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