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Syrian president's Bashar al-Assad's mother Anissa Assad dies at 86

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:36 IST
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  • Anissa Makhlouf al-Assad died at the age of 86 in Syrian capital, Damascus.
  • Throughout Syria\'s nearly five-year war and even when her husband Hafez ruled the country with an iron fist, she had kept a low profile and was rarely mentioned in the media.

The mother of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Anissa Makhlouf al-Assad, died on Saturday at the age of 86, state media reported.

The former first lady and widow of ex-president Hafez al-Assad died in the capital Damascus, the official SANA news agency reported.

Throughout Syria's nearly five-year war and even when her husband Hafez ruled the country with an iron fist, she had kept a low profile and was rarely mentioned in the media.

In 2012, one year after the start of the conflict, the European Union included her on a list of dozens of Syrian figures, including Assad and other family members, slapped with an asset freeze and travel ban. Born in Latakia in 1930, Anissa married Hafez al-Assad in 1957 and the couple had five children.

Two of them have died -- Bassel who was being groomed to become president and Majd. Anissa is survived by Bashar, his younger brother Maher and their sister Bushra.

With agency inputs

First published: 7 February 2016, 11:41 IST
 
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