Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Syrian first lady Asma Assad is being treated for breast cancer

Syrian first lady Asma Assad is being treated for breast cancer

This handout picture released by the Syrian Presidency Facebook page on August 8, 2018, shows the Syrian First Lady Asma al-Assad carrying papers as she begins treatment for early-stage breast cancer.

Asma al-Assad, 42, who was born into a Syrian family in the United Kingdom and graduated from King's College London, enjoys popularity owing to her social activity.

"From the heart. the presidency of the republic and its working group wishing Mrs. Asma speedy recovery".

The postings included a photograph of the first lady with an IV line in her arm and smiling at her husband, who is sitting next to her, while apparently undergoing treatment in a hospital.

While she has been largely out of the public eye throughout the early years of the conflict, recently she has been regally pictured undertaking heavily staged charity work that received significant coverage in government-run media. Her assets were frozen as a result of the sanctions, and she was unable to travel to any country in the EU.

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A controversial figure, Asma al-Assad has rarely spoken publicly about the civil war in Syria, which has raged for more than seven years during which has claimed half a million lives.

She was raised in Britain and her father is a Harley Street doctor. One month later, Bashar waged a violent crackdown on his own people that would result in the decimation of Syria and hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths.

She has consistently stood by her husband despite allegations of war crimes.

"I've been here since the beginning, and I never thought of being anywhere else at all", the first lady said in the interview.

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