SAN JOSE, Calif. (KTVU) - The Syrian community in the Bay Area is small and spread out, but KTVU spoke with two Syrian-Americans who have family in Syria about their reaction to the U.S. air strikes.
"This is Aleppo. This is taken from the citadel," says Mofeda Dababo of Foster City as she pointed to photos of trips she'd taken to Syria. She says she visited often as she was growing up here in the Bay Area.
The 27-year-old supports the U.S. bombing of Syria. "I was just in shock. I couldn't believe it," says Dababo.
The graduate student says she has conflicting emotions. She has family in and near Damascus.
Dababo says wants a stop to gas attacks on the Syrian people and the bombings by their own government.
"It was really emotional seeing all the important monuments that i visited, the sites just gone. Completely destroyed," says Dababo.
She says the U.S. attack is a necessary step.
"I was happy about it because we need action. But at the same time, I was afraid because it's never an easy thing to tell somebody, please come bomb my country. It's not what you would want ever," says Dababo.
From her home in San Jose, Ghaidaa Mousabacha, another Syrian-American talked about her concern for the people of her homeland.
"Where my family lives is only 30 minutes away from the airport that was struck by the U.S. forces," says Mousabacha, who also supports the U.S. air strikes.
She speaks with her parents and two sisters who live in Homs, daily and they're safe for now.
But she says frequent bombings have her and other Syrian Americans on edge.
"I'm happy but I'm very scared and worried at the same time," says Mousabacha.
She wants the U.S. to take further action to oust Syrian President Bashar Al- Assad and help bring democracy and safety to the Syrian people.
"It's about time that Mr. Trump and the free world leaders act now more forcefully and more aggressively under one umbrella," says Mousabacha.
She says she'll wait and see what the U.S. and other world leaders will do to help protect the people of Syria.
Mousabacha and Dababo say there is now renewed hope that the violence in Syria will end.