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Lebanese football player dies fighting for Hezbollah in Syria

The 19-year-old Shamkha played for Hezbollah-linked al-Ahd football club was killed in battle in West Aleppo

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Lebanese footballer Qassim Shamkha has died fighting for Hezbollah militia forces in Aleppo, Syria, according to news published his club’s Facebook page.

The 19-year-old Shamkha played for Hezbollah-linked al-Ahd football club was killed in battle on Thursday, reported Lebanese daily An-Nahhar newspaper.

One source told the newspaper that the young athlete was killed specifically in battles alongside the Syrian regime forces in West Aleppo.

Shamkha was born in 1997 and hailed from the southern village of Borj Qalaouiye and recently lived in the southern municipality of Beirut in Bourj el-Barajneh.