SCOTIA, N.Y. -- The situation in Syria has many people in the Capital Region with ties to the foreign country concerned for the safety of their loved ones abroad.
While they want the Syrian government to stop using chemical weapons, they worry military strikes could make things worse.
An anti-war protest will be held in Collins Park Saturday, but on Friday Schenectady resident Wahid Ablert is worried about his loved ones in Syria.
"They don't sleep very well at night," he says about his family.
His mother, sister and extended family are in Damascus, and unlike many of us witnessing it from abroad -- they are living it.
"They are getting a lot of mortar shells and my sister had some bullets go through her window," he says.
The heavy fighting, he says, is mainly outside of the Damascus border but still very close to home.
"When the city is shelled, they hide and go to college and work but they never know where the bombs are going to be or where the mortars will fall this time," he adds.
Wahid speaks to his family every morning and says he wakes up every day thinking of them. He says he also fears what will happen to the Christian minority, which he represents, especially if the U.S. bombs Syria.
"I think the US needs to think hard before going in there at all. It is not our war," he said.