October 7, 2013
Syria’s two-year-old civil war is spilling on to the streets of
Sydney and Melbourne, with advocates on both sides claiming violence and
persecution are commonplace.
Sonya El-Abbas, a Melbourne-based nurse who has twice visited Syria
to assist in humanitarian relief efforts, said her husband’s car had
been firebombed and the family home attacked.
“Basically, they tried to burn it while we were in Syria and prior to
that they tried to shoot at us at our home,” Ms El-Abbas said. “We were
copping it big time.”