Syria's first lady diagnosed with breast cancer: presidency

Syrian First Lady Asma al Assad Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

Syrian First Lady Asma al Assad Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

Syria's First Lady, Asma al-Assad has been admitted to a hospital in Damascus after being diagnosed with incipient breast cancer, the Presidential Office twittered on Wednesday.

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.

The malignant tumour is understood to have been caught early.

Born and raised in London, the Syrian first lady has been a highly controversial figure.

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The tweet included a photo of the first lady, her arm attached to an IV drip, alongside her husband, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Several British officials called for her British citizenship to be revoked after she defended her husband in an Instagram post following a deadly Sarin gas attack on a Syrian village in April 2017.

The Facebook post, crafted in Arabic, has an auto translation that states: "Strong trust and faith. the first lady #asma _ Lion begins the initial stage of a malignant tumor therapy discovered early".

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. She moved to Syria in November 2000 after meeting Bashar, who she married just one month later.

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