SportsWorld News

Football star dies in Syria fighting after losing father and four brothers

113

A Syrian football player turned fighter who became an icon of the revolt died on Saturday after getting injured battling government forces in the northwest, his faction said.

Abdelbasset Sarout, 27, once a well-known goalkeeper from the city of Homs, gained a new kind of fame when the popular uprising against Bashar al-Assad’s rule erupted in 2011.

He was dubbed the “singer of the revolution” for chanting songs at rallies that eulogized slain protesters or vilified the president.

After the crackdown on protests, Sarout took up arms against the state, mirroring how the rebellion evolved into an armed struggle seen as a fight to the death as much by Damascus as by the guerrilla bands spawned by the conflict.

Sarout, a commander in the Jaish al-Izza rebel faction, died two days after sustaining injuries in battle in the northern Hama countryside.

“Those who think Sarout has died are under an illusion. We will all remain Sarout,” Samer al-Saleh, a senior official in the faction said.

Battles intensified in northwest Syria on Friday after insurgents mounted an attack to repel an army offensive that has pounded the country’s last major rebel stronghold for weeks.

The violence in Idlib province and a strip of nearby Hama marks the biggest military escalation between Damascus and its insurgent enemies since last summer. Tens of thousands of people have fled their homes, many of them sheltering at the Turkish border from air strikes that have killed scores of people.

Assad has reclaimed much of Syria after crushing rebel bastions with the help of Russia and Iran. The northwest corner remains the last big chunk in opposition hands, including Idlib and a swathe of territory to the north under the control of Turkey-backed rebels.

Sarout was among hundreds of thousands of people, civilians and fighters, shuttled to the northwest in recent years under surrender deals as the state recovered their hometowns.

Sarout, who fought in his city of Homs, left in 2014 when such a withdrawal deal ended a bitter two-year siege.

Four of Sarout’s brothers, as well as his father, had all died in earlier fighting against pro-government forces.

Leave a comment

Related Articles

WAFU B U17: For first time in 25 years, Golden Eaglets fail to qualify for the back-to-back World Cup

The Nigerian Golden Eaglets will miss out on the 2025 Africa U17...

Ronaldo breaks two records in one night

Cristiano Ronaldo has shattered two more goals after scoring a brace in...

Basketball Africa League: Rivers Hoopers defeat US Monastir to reach historic semi-final

Nigeria’s representative in the ongoing Basketball Africa League (BAL), Rivers Hoopers BC,...

Papua New Guinea landslide buries more than 2,000 people alive

Papua New Guinea informed the UN on Monday that more than 2,000...

NNPC Ltd. condoles with Tijjani Babangida over loss of brother, son

The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC Ltd) has paid a condolence...

Just in: Chad swears in sixth president

Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno, the son of Chad’s former President and the...

WAFU B U-17: Eaglets cruise to semi-finals, to face Baby Elephants

Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets sailed majestically into the semi-finals of the ongoing WAFU...

History made as ECOWAS Parliament elects first female speaker

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament has, for the...

Sen. Enoh lists string of achievements in sports sector

Sen. John Enoh, the Minister of Sports Development, has outlined a series...

2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers: FIFA replaces officials of Benin Republic-Nigeria clash

FIFA has made changes to the officiating team for the 2026 World...

Atalanta 3-0 Leverkusen: Ademola Lookman stunning hat-trick in Europa League final sinks Leverkusen

Atalanta BC have won a European trophy for the first time in...

Chad PM Submits Resignation To Newly Elected Junta Chief

Two weeks after his defeat to junta chief Mahamat Deby in the...

Israel-Gaza war: US threatens ICC over move to arrest Israeli PM Netanyahu

Following the International Criminal Court’s prosecutor’s request for arrest warrants for Israeli...

Breaking: Mauricio Pochettino leaves Chelsea by’mutual consent’ after just one season at Stamford Bridge

Following an end-of-season internal review between Pochettino and sporting directors Laurence Stewart...

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos announces shock retirement in emotional statement

Real Madrid and Germany midfielder Toni Kroos will retire from professional football...

Just in: Few hours after President Raisi’s death, earthquake hits Iran

A few hours after the tragic death of Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi...

Breaking: Tragedy as Iran’s President Raisi, 8 others die in helicopter crash

All nine people on board of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi’s helicopter which...

Breaking: Manchester City crowned Premier League champions for 4th season in a row as Arsenal miss out

Winning is part of Pep Guardiola’s genetic code, as Manchester City became...

Dominican Republic 2024: Flamingos thrash Burkinabe girls 6-0 to cruise to final round

Nigeria reached the final round of the African qualification series for this...

Enoh sends message to Super Eagles winger Moses Simon, others facing injury layoffs

The Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh, conveyed heartfelt wishes...