As Jordanians call for no action in Syria; refugees plea for help
Friday, August 30, 2013 - 01:33
Aug. 30 As hundreds gather in Jordan to protest against military action in Syria; refugees from the war hope for action. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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Hundreds gather in downtown Amman Friday to demonstrate against military intervention in Syria.
The King of Jordan -- a key U.S. ally --has already said that dialogue is the only option for Syria.
One man says after seeing what happened in Iraq he can't support US action in Syria.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) PROTESTER MAHMOUD SALAMEH SAYING:
"I am totally against invasion or any intervention in Syria, because we have seen what human rights that America demonstrated in Iraq, and this is going to be not replicated here. "
With the Syrian government suspected of using chemical weapons on its own people, some Syrian refugees in Jordan offer a very different view.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SYRIAN REFUGEE LIVING IN THE CAMP, BILAL AMMARI, SAYING:
"Many nations will not participate, because the regime is like the mafia that has many nations supporting it around the world. We hope that the strike, even if it is limited, will help the Free Syrian Army gain control of many areas in Syria as soon as possible."
On Thursday the British parliament voted against joining any military action against Syria, dealing a setback to U.S.-led efforts to punish Damascus.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SYRIAN REFUGEE LIVING IN THE CAMP, MAHMOUD LIBAD, SAYING:
"If nations back out it doesn't matter, they are cowards, they watch the slaughter of the Syrian people, and they still back out? They have no conscience."
About half a million Syrian refugees are now living in Jordan.
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