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Syrian refugees in Cleveland react to chemical attack, airstrikes

Posted at 8:00 PM, Apr 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-07 20:00:30-04

Syrian refugees who now call Cleveland home are closely watching the airstrikes and reacting to the chemical attack that prompted them.    

They may be thousands of miles away from the unrest in their homeland, but the turmoil is taking a toll.

You could clearly see the concern on Mohammed Alhori's face Friday, as he used his cell phone while at work to stay connected to what is currently happening in Syria.

"I don't want to look at it because I'm going to start crying, but then I look at it because I cannot, my heart forces me to look at it and see what is happening with my family and my friends," said Alhori.

Both his parents, two sisters and many of his friends still call the war-torn country home.

"I cry every night," said Alhori.

The 33-year-old has shared some of those tears with co-workers after learning about this week's chemical attack that left many children dead.

"When I saw the news, they saw it with me, and they start crying with me. So, I feel like they're like my family in here," said Alhori.

News 5 asked Alhori if there was any confusion prompted by the Trump Administration for launching a military response to the chemical attack, but previously blocking Syrian refugees trying to flee the fighting.

"I think about Mr. President {Trump} doesn't make any confusion for me, because Mr. President, he tried to make United States more safe," said Alhori.

Safety is what Alhori desperately wants for his homeland.

"I'm very sad to see all these kids get killed from the chemical weapons," said Alhori.

The refugee said he feels President Trump is helping make that happen with this latest airstrike.

"He help us take away our president {Syria} because he is unhuman,” said Alhori. “He {Trump} gave us a promise if anything happened he is going to stand up for us and he did. He stand up for us."

Alhori has lived in Cleveland for the last year.

He arrived in the U.S. after spending four years in Jordan.