Abdul Baset Al-Sarout
|Full name||Abed al-Basit al-Sarout
|Date of birth||January 1, 1992|
|Place of birth||Syria|
|† Appearances (Goals).|
Abdul Baset Al-Sarout or Abdelbasset Saroot (Arabic: عبد الباسط الساروت) is a Syrian association football goalkeeper. He has represented Syria at U-17 and U-20 level. He is thought to be a leader of the Syrian rebels in Homs.
He is a vocal supporter of the rebels in Syria.
The Arab-speaking media network Al Jazeera have described him as a "well known icon in the Syrian uprising". All four of his brothers were killed by Syrian security forces. His uncle, Mohe Edden Al-Sarout was killed during November 2011 in Homs.
Sarout reportedly kissed a murdered 19 year old protestor's bloody head whilst a crowd chanted to the beat of a drum "Sleep easy we will continue the struggle... mothers weep for Syria's youth"
Al-Sarout is thought to have survived at least three assassination attempts.
- "London 2012 Olympics: Syrian goalkeeper takes a stand in Homs as national side aim for Olympics". Telegraph. 13 March 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
- "Abdul Baset Al Sarout Live Blog". AlJazeera.net. 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
- "Syria reacts to Arab League suspension - Sunday 13 November 2011". Guardian. 13 November 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2012.
- "Syrian secret police defect, Arab deadline looms". reuters.com. 4 December 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2012.
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