Muslims Call for Action on Syria Crisis

Syrian refugee children walking on a street in the Za’atari camp in northern Jordan. Photo: UNICEF/Simon Ingram
Syrian refugee children walking on a street in the Za’atari camp in northern Jordan. Photo: UNICEF/Simon Ingram

Today, September 4, representatives of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will join leaders of other national Muslim organizations and of the Syrian-American community at a news conference in Washington, D.C.

They will call for immediate action by the Obama administration to help end the suffering of the Syrian people, which, according to them, has reached levels of death and destruction not seen since World War II.

One of the key recommendations for administration action will be the establishment of a no-fly zone to protect Syrian civilians from aerial attack.

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“The unimaginable suffering of the Syrian people must be stopped through immediate and effective actions by the United States and the international community,” said CAIR national executive director Nihad Awad. “The world has for too long turned a blind eye to the destruction of Syria and the killing and displacement of its people.”

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Awad said participants in the Friday news conference will outline detailed actions the Obama administration should take immediately to help alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people and to bring that destabilizing conflict to an end.

CAIR is a Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization in America. It says its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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