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Triangle community attends vigil for victims of Syrian strikes

Posted April 8
Updated April 9

— Many in the Triangle expressed concern over United States involvement in Syria and the civilians victims of the Syrian strikes, prompting Saturday night's prayer vigil at the Cary Islamic Center.

The vigil was held by Muslim leaders but open to the entire community.

It was an interfaith event, and people were welcome to come and hear encouraging words and share prayers for those impacted.

Muhammad Arida said he still has extended family in Syria. While they are okay now, he is still concerned for their safety.

"We've been dealing with daily struggles and daily massacres," he said. "The chemical attack kind of got people's attention, but actually before or after that the killing and the civilian suffering has not stopped."

"There's so many people marching and rising up for so many things, but we don't see this happening for this, and it's a terrible injustice to humanity."

He said while this is in our headlines now, this violence has been going on for much longer.

Organizers of the event called on President Donald Trump and elected officials to draft a resolution to cease bombing by all parties in Syria.

The president has said he would like to see safe zones in Syria instead of taking in refugees, suggesting that states along the Gulf would pay for those safe zones.


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  • Vince DiSena Apr 9, 10:41 a.m.
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    What victims? War criminals?

  • William Patterson Apr 9, 9:13 a.m.
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    which ones ...the ones that Assad was falsely accused of killing or the ones Trump blatantly killed?

  • Charlie Watkins Apr 9, 7:40 a.m.
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    It is wonderful that these folks have the right to protest the US.

    I doubt they would have the same right to protest against Assad in Syria.

    Funny turn of events.

  • Charlie Watkins Apr 9, 7:39 a.m.
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    We should not be involved in Syria.

    The Syrians should handle their own affairs internally.

    The Muslim neighbors of Syria should handle the situation and the US needs no involvement whatsoever.

  • Tad Harrell Apr 9, 6:37 a.m.
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    Has our beloved Raleigh news station been hijacked? Or - lobotomized??
    My official protest is to remove your app from my mobile device. I can get the weather forecast from any number of weather apps.
    Farewell, Elizabeth.

  • Matt Smithe Apr 9, 5:28 a.m.
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    Thanks Norman. I was at a loss to respond to this level of...you know, I don't even have words to describe this... at lleast not polite ones. I guess protesting really is just a hobby for some people these days - no cause or understanding required. Sad.

  • John Kramer Apr 8, 11:53 p.m.
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    How many were killed by the air strikes? I thought the US told them to clear the area in advance so that only property (chemical weapons and planes that deliver them) would be destroyed. Did I miss something?

  • Norman Lewis Apr 8, 11:32 p.m.
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    Concern over the civilian victims of the US Syrian strikes? Where were the protests over use of chemical weapons on civilian populations by the Assad government? This is nothing but misguided complaints about US reactions to war crimes by the Assad government. . Or if I was conspiratorial, I might say orchestrated complaints by Syria and sympathizers to put up a smoke screen to hide war crimes by the current genocidal government of Syria. Watch the news, you decide. The "organizers" need to get their heads out of the sand and see that the US was not the ones initiating the bombing. How about the people complaining about the actions of the US, go to Syria and help clean up the aftermath of the Assad chemical attack? No takers?, didn't think so.