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22 June 2024

Dissidents set up national council

A Syrian, who lives in Cairo, shouts anti-Syrian regime slogans as others wave by Syrian flags during a demonstration to support the Syrian protesters who protest against Bashar Assad's regime, in Cairo, Egypt. (AP)


Syrian opposition activists have set up a "National Council" to struggle against the Damascus regime, a group of dissidents, including their spokesman Jamil Saib, announced on Sunday.

"We announce the creation of a National Council to lead the Syrian revolution, comprising all communities and representatives of national political forces inside and outside Syria," they told reporters near the Turkish-Syrian border.

Saib said council members included notably Abdallah Trad el Moulahim, one of the organisers of a Syrian opposition gathering in Turkey this month, Haitham el-Maleh, Souhair al-Atassi and Aref Dalila, all three based in Syria, as well as Sheikh Khaled al-Khalaf and Mamoun el-Homsi.