The pro-government news website Syria News reported on its website that one of its sports reporters, Mohamed Abd al-Rahman had been shot, along with four of his family members, by a "pro-government armed group" in Damascus. The pan-Arab news channel Al-Arabiya confirmed the deaths.
Abd al-Rahman was also a member of the Free Sportsmen Union, a group affiliated with the Syrian opposition. The union said the journalist and his family had been killed by a pro-government group for sectarian reasons, but did not elaborate. The union posted a YouTube video about the deaths three days later.