Locals reflect on recent alleged chemical attack in Syria

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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A local doctor, who frequents the Middle East to provide medical care for families, and a Florida professor are reflecting on the recent suspected chemical attack in Syria.

"I just came back almost three weeks ago. It's really very difficult, beyond imagination, especially with what happened in the suburb of Damascus. The easiest and the best description is it's really the closest thing to hell fire. I work with a Syrian-American medical society. The number of casualties was more than 120. The number of affected is more than 600. It makes you cry, makes you cry when you see so many people and children, I have so many pictures of children, women foaming, just saliva coming out of their mouths for no reason except they are suffocating and are having long process, they cannot breathe because of the chemical attack and that's with the chemical guys can do for you so you die suffocating slowly," local pediatrician Dr. Yahia Rahim said.

"The Syrian casualties we're talking about were mainly civilians, now exceed 6 or 700,000 people and this didn't come in one attack. This is over seven years and continues. So the Syrian people are actually in the worst shape of all time. There are about seven million Syrians who are refugees in other countries. Mainly in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and also in Europe and the United States, all over the world. Well let me tell you something, when there are bombs falling on their heads, when there is no food, when there is no electricity, when there is no sewage, when there is nothing really they can support a decent living, they have to go out and look for a decent living," Florida professor Dr. Saleh Mubarak said.

"What they are doing to Syria, they can do to any other place including us here in the United States by sending people to terrorize us," Dr. Rahim said.

"We have to kill the head of the snake and that's the Assad Regime, the sooner the better," Dr. Mubarak said.