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Syria's first lady diagnosed with breast cancer: presidency

AFP  |  Damascus 

The wife of Syrian al-Assad has begun treatment for early-stage breast cancer, the presidency said today.

"is beginning the first stage of treatment for a malignant that was discovered at an early stage," the presidency announced on its

The announcement came with a photo of the in loose clothing and trainers, sitting on a in a hospital room with an intravenous drip inserted in her left hand.

She was smiling at her husband, al-Assad, who sat to her right. The presidency did not specify where the was being treated, but the word "military" was printed on a blanket visible in the picture, indicating she was likely in a government-run military hospital.

Born in 1975, the British-born former investment styled herself as a and was seen as the modern side of the Assad dynasty. She rarely appeared in public during the first few years of the uprising, but over the past two years has been much more active at charity events.

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

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First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 23:55 IST