BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The former goalkeeper for the Syrian national football team, ‘Abdel-Basit Sarout survived an assassination attempt in the southern countryside of the Idlib Governorate on Thursday, opposition activists reported via social media.

According to reports, Sarout, who is now a commander in the Free Syrian Army’s (FSA) Jaysh Al-Izza faction, was targeted by an improvised explosive device inside the town of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man.

The reports added that Sarout survived the assassination attempt with minor wounds.

Sarout rose to prominence during the early years of the Syrian uprising when he joined protests against the government in his home city of Homs.

The former national team member would then join the rebel forces to fight the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in several parts of the country.

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