Published: 17:25, May 21, 2024
Syrian first lady diagnosed with leukemia
By Xinhua
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (center) and his wife Asma al-Assad (left) attend the opening ceremony of the 2022 Asian Games at the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium in Hangzhou in China's eastern Zhejiang province on Sept 23, 2023. (PHOTO / AFP)

DAMASCUS — Syrian First Lady Asma al-Assad has been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, a type of blood cancer, the Syrian presidency said in a statement on Tuesday.

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She will suspend her direct work and participation in events and activities to focus on treatment, a specialized protocol that requires isolation and social distancing, said the statement.

Asma al-Assad, who has been the first lady of Syria since 2000, is known for her humanitarian work and efforts to support various causes in Syria.