Sept. 7 - Syrians both at home and abroad are troubled over the effects of a proposed U.S.-led attack on their war-torn country. Andrew Raven reports.
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While daily life appears to continues apace in government-held areas, an air of anticipation is hanging over this war-torn city.
People here are bracing for a possible air strike by the United States - an intervention most here are dead set against.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) DAMASCUS RESIDENT, NIUHA, SAYING:
"The conditions that we are living in are tough enough. We do not need America to come and hit us."
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) DAMASCUS RESIDENT, SAKER DOUBA, SAYING:
"I call the world from the West to the far East to view this act as an aggression."
U.S. President Barack Obama has called for limited strikes on Syria - punishment, he says, for the use of chemical weapons by President Bashar al-Assad against civilians.
The American congress is due to debate Obama's proposal next week.
Meanwhile, some Syrian refugees fleeing into neighbouring Turkey have mixed feelings about a U.S.-led attack.
This man says he hopes a strike will deal a major blow to Assad's government, others say it only add to the country's suffering.
Rights groups say more than 110,000 people have died in Syria since fighting began two and a half years ago.
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