Representative of the Syrian National Coalition to Washington, Najib Ghadbian, said that the coalition is opening offices in Washington and New York as part of a plan to take Syria's UN seat from Assad regime.
Ghadbian also said that Syrian opposition leader Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib received an invitation from the US government to visit Washington and could seek meetings with top UN officials.
The US recognized the Syrian opposition as legitimate representative of the Syrian people when President told ABC News: "We've made a decision that the Syrian Opposition Coalition is now inclusive, reflective and representative enough of the Syrian population, that we consider them the legitimate representative of the Syrian people, in opposition to the Assad regime."
In related news, in his interview with BBC Arabic, Syrian opposition leader Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib, demanded all women held in Syrian prisons to be freed by Sunday, or the regime will lose its chance for dialogue.
"Women must be released by the coming Sunday," he said. "If any woman stays in prison, I consider the regime not responding."
Alkhatib also said, Damascus government has rejected the proposal for dialogue with Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Shara.
"They refused my suggestion to enlist the name of Vice President Farouk al-Shara as a party of dialogue," he said. "I insist on dialogue with Farouk al-Shara".
On his part, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Miqdad has said, during his visit to to Beijing, where he met with Chinese Foreign Minister , ‘no’ to the terms of talks between the government and the opposition, initiated by Syrian National Coalition leader Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib, in late January.
On the ground, SANA news reported that six people have been killed and several others injured, in a mortar attack that targeted al-Qaboun neighborhood, in Damascus. Hospital source said that three children and a woman among the dead, while seven others are injured, three of them in critical condition.
Sources mentioned that the victims are habitants of Yarmouk Refugee Camp and that Elite Republican Guard units, based on the imposing Qasioun mountain in the middle of Damascus, fired several mortar shells at al-Qaboun neighborhood and at the Yarmouk Refugee Camp.
On Thursday morning, the national work group for Palestinians in Syria said that twelve Palestinian died due to heavy shelling operations, in different areas of the Yarmouk Refugee Camp. According to sources, six of those killed were from one family, as their family home underwent heavy shelling.
The source also said that, another seventeen Palestinians have been reported as injured from these shelling attacks, along with a fire that broke out from this shelling. This fire was in the vicinity of an important mosque in the area, and lead to concerns about continuing destruction of property.
I think that the Syrian opposition must focus on the military side, after Assad rejected dialogue. Therefore the only solution for the opposition is a military confrontation. They should also continue fighting because the fighting has two important advantages. First advantage, is to get weapons from the military bases, second is weakening the regime, who lost control on all Syria despite denying this fact.
Regarding the meetings with the Syrian opposition, until this moment, we can say they are useless meetings. On the other hand, I guess the opposition has to stop dialogue with Iran and Russia, because in all cases they will never change their stance towards Syrian regime.
As for the opposition's attempt to get Syria's seat at the United Nations, I think that this is very difficult as long as the regime, in Damascus, has not fallen. For sure, the Syrian opposition will face Russian and Chinese objection, so its better for the opposition to work on getting weapons for the FSA rather than marking diplomatic victories.
On the ground, fights between the heroes of the FSA and Syrian regime forces are still going on, in Damascus area. However, most media sources confirmed that the regime is losing a lot during those fights. They are also talking about the fierceness of the fights to control Damascus, by both parties. Sources also indicated, that there is a large number of deaths, as it exceeded 250 since the dawn of Thursday.