BEIRUT (AP) -- About 200 Syrian opposition members have met
outside the capital, Damascus, in a significant gathering of
dissidents on Syrian soil.
The Syrian opposition consists of a variety of groups with often
differing ideologies, including Islamists and secularists, and
there have been many meetings of dissidents who say they represent
the opposition. But Saturday's meeting was unusual in part because
it was held inside Syria, rather than neighboring countries.
A news conference was planned for Sunday.
The Syrian uprising began in mid-March, amid a wave of protests
in the Arab world that toppled autocrats in Tunisia, Egypt and
Libya. Syrian President Bashar Assad has reacted with deadly force
that the U.N. estimates has left some 2,600 people dead.