Various groups opposed to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime today announced the formation of a coalition called the Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces. Islamic preacher Maath al-Khatib was elected president of the new coalition, while Riad Seif and Suheir Atassi will serve as vice presidents.
— Hala Gorani (@HalaGorani) November 12, 2012
Assad’s opponents hope that presenting a single, unified face to the international community will assist with relief efforts.
The move comes on the heels of Syrian mortar strikes on Israel, and a return of fire by Israel. Israeli TV reports that Qatar and Turkey have recognized the new opposition group as the sole representative of the Syrian people.
Qatar and Turkey Welcome United Syrian Opposition: http://t.co/ChoBaVDk
— Israel National News (@IsraelNewsfeed) November 12, 2012
— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) November 11, 2012
— Rafif Jouejati (@RafifJ) November 12, 2012
Good to see some optimism amongst #syria tweeps on my timeline, hope freedom soon follows
— Maryam Alkhawaja (@MARYAMALKHAWAJA) November 11, 2012