PHOENIX - There's more fighting and bloodshed in Syria as a tentative cease fire between pro-government forces and rebels began to unravel Wednesday night.
Some 15,000 civilians in Aleppo, many of them women and children, are trying to flee, but human rights groups say many of them are now being targeted and killed. And that news is unsettling for some valley Syrian refugees, who are still healing and who also still have family members in Syria.
The Dabool family of eight escaped what they describe as a horror story in Syria. They have been in the United States for three months. The youngest of the family, 7-year-old Miriam and 5-year-old Ghazel, are still scared when they hear planes flying over their apartment in Phoenix. The girls say their biggest fear is dying. It's not often you hear this from children this young.
Their mother says they run to the bathroom and hide. That's because of what they have witnessed and endured in Syria. A bomb was dropped from a military airplane over their school. Luckily, they survived. Their father has been missing for five years. He went to the store to get bread one day and never returned. Their grandfather, who also fled the country with them, was tortured in prison for six months before they escaped.
We've learned forces are saying they've reached a cease fire deal, and residents in Aleppo will be allowed to leave starting Thursday morning. They believe there are still at least 50,000 civilians left. The Dabools say they still have family there and they don't believe the government will stop the killing -- they fear a genocide.