A Syrian goalkeeper turner rebel fighter who starred in an award-winning documentary died Saturday of wounds sustained fighting regime forces in northwestern Syria, his faction and a war monitor said.
Abdel-Bassetal-Sarout, 27, was a goalkeeper from the central city of Homs, who became itsmost popular singer of protest songs after the Syrian uprising broke out inMarch 2011.
Following a brutalgovernment crackdown on peaceful protests, he took up arms against the forcesof President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
Sarout starred in thedocumentary "Return to Homs" by Syrian director Talal Derki, whichtracked his evolution from protest leader to fighter, and won a top prize atthe Sundance film festival in 2014.
Jameel al-Saleh, thecommander of the rebel faction Jaish al-Izza, announced Sarout's death in amessage on Twitter, describing him as a "martyr" who died"fighting for the sake of God".
The message wasaccompanied by a video showing Sarout singing "We will be back,Homs".
"He died of hiswounds on Saturday," the head of the Britain-based Observatory, Rami AbdelRahman, said.
Sarout was evacuatedfrom Homs in 2014 under a surrender deal with the regime to end a two-yearsiege of its historical centre, according to the Observatory.
His father and four ofhis siblings were killed during bombardment and clashes in Homs, it said.