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.”