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September 30, 2022

Syria opposition deal ‘agreed’

Israel fires warning shots ‘after Syria mortar strike

Syrian opposition groups meeting in Qatar have agreed to form a new coalition to oppose President Bashar al-Assad’s government, reports say, the BBC reports. One Islamist opposition delegate said a new leader and deputy would be chosen on Sunday evening. The fractious opposition has been under pressure from the US and other backers in the region to clinch a deal. More than 36,000 people have been killed in the long-running uprising against Mr Bashar’s government. Many thousands more have fled the country since the unrest began last year. Ali Sadreddine al-Bayanouni, a Muslim Brotherhood delegate at the talks, said: “An initial deal has been signed. The evening session will be for electing the president of the body and his deputy.” He said the new body would be called the National Coalition for Opposition Forces and the Syrian Revolution. The talks have been taking place for a week in Doha. The Syrian National Council (SNC), which was formerly recognised as the main opposition, had been concerned it might be sidelined by the new opposition body. Meanwhile, violence continued inside Syria on Sunday. Opposition activists said government forces had attacked an area along the border with Turkey, after rebels had captured a crossing point. The activists said helicopters and artillery units had bombarded the Ras al-Ain border area. Clashes were also reported in Damascus, Albu Kamal near the Iraqi border, Irbin and in Deir Ezzor in the east.Israeli forces say they have fired warning shots into Syria after a mortar round fired from Syria hit an Israeli post in the Golan Heights. Earlier, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu warned Israel was “ready for any development” on the border with Syria. The latest incident comes days after an Israeli vehicle was hit by Syrian fire in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.On Friday, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made an ominous threat against foreign intervention, saying it would have a “domino impact” on the world.“I think that the cost of foreign invasion of Syria, if it happened, would be greater than one that the whole world can afford,” he told Russia Today television. “Because if there were problems in Syria, particularly as we are the last bastion of secularism, stability and coexistence in the region, it will have a domino impact that will affect the world from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.  “And you know its implications on the rest of the world. I do not think that the West is moving in this direction, but if they do, no one can predict what will happen after.”

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