The wife of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad: Mrs. Asma al-Assad has been diagnosed with breast cancer, as announced through Syrian President’s official social media accounts.
SANA, the official news agency, quoting media office at Presidency on Wednesday, reports that Asma al-Assad began the initial stage of treatment of a malignant breast tumor which was discovered in its early stage.
President’s official Facebook page carried a post in Arabic language, saying, “Strongly, confidently and faithfully, Mrs. Asma al-Assad started the first stage of treatment of a malignant tumor in the breast which was discovered in its early stage”.
According to the photo published along with social media posts, Mrs. Asma is receiving treatment at one of the military hospitals in Damascus city. The first lady is seen 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.
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According to observers the top echelons in Arab States keep their health condition as top secret. The long illness of Hafiz al-Assad, the former President and father of President Bashar al-Assad, who ruled the country for decades, was closely guarded secret despite visible signs in public appearance during the last months of his life.