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Local doctor worries about family near Syrian border

Rochester, N.Y. -- Dr. Ali Hamdan spent 17 years living in a war zone in Lebanon. He grew up surrounded by violence and said he would leave for school in the morning, not knowing if he would make it back home alive.

Dr. Hamdan went to medical school in Syria and moved to the United States 18 years ago. He works at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

But his mother, sister and other family members still live in Lebanon, near the Syrian border. He worries when he hears President Obama is considering a military strike there because he fears it could escalate the violence and cause more bloodshed.

He said his family members living there are in constant fear. Dr, Hamdan told 13WHAM News: "Everybody is very fearful, a couple of days ago I talked to my sister. They don''t go out on the street and if they do, they come right back home. They're afraid what's going to happen."

Dr. Hamdan hopes the President will find a political or diplomatic solution to end the threat of chemical warfare and resolve the conflict in Syria.

He doesn't want to see more lives lost.

Patrice Walsh, 13WHAM-TV
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