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SYRIA DECRIES FOREIGN SUPPORT FOR COALITION

BEIRUT, Lebanon - Senior Syrian officials lashed out on Sunday at foreign governments that have recognized the opposition, while armed skirmishes around the country included a fresh salvo across the border with Israel.

Syria's information minister, Omran al-Zoebi, accused France, Turkey and Qatar of supporting "terrorism" in Syria by extending diplomatic recognition to the new National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, according to a summary of his remarks carried by SANA, the official news agency.

The new coalition does not represent anybody, al-Zoebi said, calling it a creation of foreign states and thus ineligible to participate in any national dialogue.

In Tehran, Iran held a meeting on Sunday of some 200 members of the officially sanctioned opposition, but no members of the new coalition were invited. It was unclear who those attending actually represented.

Iran has backed the government of Syria, its most important Arab ally, throughout the conflict, reportedly providing arms and training for government forces.

There were reports on Sunday of a minor exchange of fire across the border with Israel in the Golan Heights, the third incident reported this month, and of an artillery shell landing in Jordan.

Small-arms fire from Syria hit a military vehicle on the Israeli side on Saturday without causing any casualties, and Israel responded with artillery, according to news agency reports that quoted the Israeli army.

Syria's official media and the opposition also reported fierce skirmishes in Damascus, Aleppo, Deir al-Zour and other cities.

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