Syria opposition strikes hard-fought unity deal
DOHA (AFP) - The Syrian opposition struck a hard-won deal on Sunday on a new structure to take forward the 20-month uprising, as clashes on the Golan Heights prompted what was reported to be the first Israeli fire across the armistice line since the 1973 Middle East War.
Participants in marathon talks in Qatar said discussions were continuing on details of a planned new government-in-waiting, but that the Syrian National Council (SNC) had now heeded Arab and Western calls to join a new, wider coalition.
The Israeli warning shots across the United Nations-monitored ceasefire line between Syria and the occupied Golan Heights came after a mortar round fired from the Syrian side hit an Israeli position and after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his Cabinet Israel was "ready for any development".
Reservations in the ranks of the SNC about what many members saw as a move to sideline it had prompted repeated delays in the Doha talks and mounting frustration among other dissident groups, as well as the opposition's Arab and Western supporters.