Published: Thu, August 09, 2018

Syrian First Lady Asma al-Assad treated for breast cancer

Syrian First Lady Asma al-Assad treated for breast cancer

A photograph of Mrs Assad and her husband was posted on Twitter together with the words: "Mrs Asma al-Assad begins the first stage of treatment for a malignant breast tumour that was discovered early. the Presidency and its team wish Mrs Asma a speedy recovery".

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad with his wife, Asma Assad in a hospital room has she goes through her treatment for breast cancer.

She was due to start studying for a Masters degree in business administration at Harvard, but her plans changed after meeting Bashar al-Assad on holiday in Syria in 2000.

The statement concludes that the President has "strength, confidence and faith" as the treatment begins.

The 42-year-old first lady was once thought to be a reforming influence on her husband's administration, but she turned a blind eye to the brutality inflicted upon Syrians by the Assad government, as the seven-year conflict became one of the world's worst humanitarian crises.

The country's presidency confirmed her news in a post on Facebook, where she was pictured in hospital with what appeared to be an IV drip in her arm.

Born in 1975, the British-born former investment banker styled herself as a progressive rights advocate and was seen as the modern side of the Assad dynasty.

The same year, activists released thousands of private emails purportedly from Assad and his wife apparently showing that the latter continued to buy luxury goods even after the uprising had begun.

Mrs al-Assad has been a controversial figure since Syria descended into civil war in 2011. She was also personally sanctioned by the EU. Official photos often show her visiting schoolchildren, orphans, and injured soldiers.

Asma, whose father is a cardiologist and whose mother is a diplomat, has two sons and a daughter with Assad.

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