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Syria: First Lady Asma Al-Assad Undergoes Operation over Cancer

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The wife of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has undergone a "successful" operation as part of treatment for early-stage breast cancer, the Syrian Presidency announced on Sunday.

"Asma al-Assad continues her treatment against the malignant tumor," it said on its Facebook page.

"Breast surgery at the Damascus military hospital has been successful," it added.

The presidency announced earlier in August that the first lady had begun treatment for "a malignant tumor in the breast that was discovered at an early stage."

Since then, the presidency's social media accounts have often showed her with a scarf knotted elegantly around her head, visiting children cancer patients, wounded soldiers, or attending charity events.

On Saturday, it published a video of her visiting a triple amputee wounded in Syria's nearly eight-year conflict, inside what appeared to be his family home.

Born in 1975, the British-born former investment banker became a progressive rights advocate.

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

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

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