Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s wife treated for breast cancer

Asma al-Assad, the wife of embattled Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, is undergoing treatment for breast cancer, Syrian officials have said.

A photo published by the state news agency SANA showed Asma al-Assad, hooked up to a drip smiling and sitting next to her husband in what appeared to be a hospital room.

“Asma al-Assad begins the first stage of treatment for a malignant tumor of the breast which was discovered early,” said a statement issued on the presidency’s Telegram feed.

The 42-year-old was bearing the illness with “strength, confidence and faith”, the announcement said, wishing her a speedy recovery.

Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad's wife treated for breast cancer (2)

The British-born beauty who married Syria’s brutal dictator has been accused of condoning his atrocities. Asma al-Assad, who was once seen as a beacon of hope, is regarded as the dictator’s accomplice in a lust for power at any price.

She is subject to European Union sanctions that make it illegal to render her economic assistance and ban her from travelling in the EU with the exception of the UK, as she holds British nationality.

In 2012, WikiLeaks published thousands of emails from her office which revealed she was more concerned about shopping than the violence around her.