Activist: Boxing champ wounded in Syrian unrest

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A Syrian family shouts anti- Syrian President Bashar Asssad slogans as they wear Syrian independence flags during anti-Syrian regime protest outside the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, July 3, 2011, to support the Syrian demonstrators who protest in Syria against Bashar Assad's regime. Arabic on shirt reads "Arab League: till when your silence". (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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BEIRUT (AP) — A former Olympic boxing champion has been injured in unrest in Syria.

Nasser al-Shami won a bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

Rami Abdul-Rahman, the London-based director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, says al-Shami was struck by shotgun pellets when security forces opened fire Monday in the city of Hama.

Abdul-Rahman says the boxer's doctor reported that he was in stable condition.

The pro-democracy uprising against President Bashar Assad has proved remarkably resilient, lasting nearly four months despite a deadly government crackdown. Assad is facing the most serious challenge to his family's four decades of rule in Syria.

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BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say Syrian security forces have opened fire on people trying to flee to Turkey, wounding a woman and her young son.

Omar Idilbi is a spokesman for the Local Coordination Committees, which track anti-government protests in Syria. He says he was told of Monday's shooting near the Turkish border by activists and witnesses.

Idilbi says several dozen refugees made it to Turkey but Syrian security forces detained others.

The pro-democracy uprising against President Bashar Assad has proved remarkably resilient, lasting nearly four months despite a deadly government crackdown. Assad is facing the most serious challenge to his family's four decades of rule in Syria.

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