BRIDGEPORT - The deadly chemical attacks and ongoing fighting in Damascus have hit very close to home for a Syrian woman who is living in Bridgeport.

Danya Alhabisays two of her relatives have been killed in the war-torn nation, and many others have been hurt. She's been living in the U.S. for more than a year now, and she says she feels lucky to be here.

"It's hard to see people die just because they ask for democracy," Alhabi says.

Alaa Darwish, another Damascus native, says that her uncle was arrested just after the chemical attacks and is still in prison. His only crime, she says, was speaking out against the use of weapons of mass destruction.

As Syrian nationals worry about what other horrors could be in store for the people they love, Sen. Richard Blumenthal is calling for the enforcement of sanctions against the Russian banks that have financed arms purchases by the Syrians.