18 Sep 2011

Opposition figures meet in Syria

11:07 am on 18 September 2011

Opposition figures in Syria have met in a farm outside Damascus in an effort to unite anti-government forces.

Security officials did not prevent the meeting from taking place on Saturday, but kept a close watch on who attended. No arrests were made.

The BBC reports most were older members of the opposition who heard the views of younger protestors. Most of them have spent years in prison.

Opposition parties in exile formed a national council with 140 members in Turkey two days previously.

A series of anti-government protests in Syria began more than five months ago.

A crackdown by security forces has since left more than 2200 people dead, according to the United Nations.