Syrian footballer who became a symbol of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad has died of wounds sustained in clashes in the north-west.
Abdel Basset al-Sarout, 27, died in the Hama province, his rebel faction says.
A promising goalkeeper for Syria’s youth team, he sprang to prominence in his home city of Homs in 2011 as one of many who staged street protests.
He had survived a brutal government siege of Homs, although many of his family members were killed there.
The story of Abdel Basset al-Sarout in many ways traces the trajectory of the revolution in Syria – from the heady days of hope to the grim war of attrition that has kept President Bashar al-Assad in power, the BBC’s Sebastian Usher says.H
His death was announced by a commander of the Jaish al-Izza rebel faction fighting in Hama.
The commander described Mr Sarout as a “martyr”.
Meanwhile, the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said he had been wounded in clashes between Thursday and Friday and died on Saturday.
The Syrian Network for Human Rights, a non-government organisation which monitors the Syrian war, also said he died on 8 June.
The Syrian army has not publicly commented on the reports.