President Assad’s wife fled to Britain, report

THE wife of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad has fled to London with the couple’s three children, it is claimed.

Asma Assad is believed to be in a “safe house” in the capital with part of the £40billion her husband is said to have smuggled abroad.

The London-born first lady, 35, may have been in Britain for up to three weeks, according to sources.

Unrest yesterday escalated in Syria, where security forces rounded up hundreds of anti-government protesters. More than 600 civilians are reported to have been killed since pro-democracy protests swept the country in March.

The president’s wife is reported to have been warned to “get out as soon as you can”.

A high-ranking Arab diplomatic source said: “Her first reaction was clearly to get to London because she has her family there.”

Her Syrian parents still live in Acton, West London, but she is said to be in a luxurious house elsewhere in the capital or the Home Counties. According to Arab news organisations, she has been living in secret in London for up to three weeks.

Asma was brought up in the capital and was known at school and university as Emma. Recently described by US Vogue as “a rose in the desert”, she married President Assad in 2000.

Her husband, meanwhile, has caused international outrage by dispatching troops and tanks to crush the threat to his family’s 40-year rule.

Security forces yesterday arrested hundreds of activists and anti-government protesters in a series of house-to-house raids. Gunfire was reported to have been heard in Damascus.

In Banias – home to one of Syria’s two oil refineries where special forces backed by tanks entered on Saturday – more than 250 people are said to have been detained.

The unrest was triggered in March by the arrests of teenagers scrawling anti-government graffiti on walls.

Assad boasted his nation was immune from the uprisings sweeping the Arab world, but protests soon spread across the country of 23 million people.

Assad, who inherited power from his father in 2000, blamed “armed thugs” and “foreigners”. The regime hit back with large-scale military operations, including an 11-day siege in Daraa that killed 50.

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  • C S

    As smart as she is, how stupid she was, to marry Bashar….I bet you ten to one, she is regretting it now…why would such an educated woman, marry into a family like that? Mindboggling…unreal…I feel bad for her, and her children, as well…

  • C S

    As smart as she is, how stupid she was, to marry Bashar….I bet you ten to one, she is regretting it now…why would such an educated woman, marry into a family like that? Mindboggling…unreal…I feel bad for her, and her children, as well…

  • lebnaneh

    shame on the uk to let sach a whore to come to london and be safe while he hunsband killing all kinds of people old young and children those people should not be allowed to leave and live somewhere in peace lets hope someone will find hear and give hear a good hidding

  • lebnaneh

    shame on the uk to let sach a whore to come to london and be safe while he hunsband killing all kinds of people old young and children those people should not be allowed to leave and live somewhere in peace lets hope someone will find hear and give hear a good hidding

  • Anonymous

    shame on the uk to let sach a whore to come to london and be safe while he hunsband killing all kinds of people old young and children those people should not be allowed to leave and live somewhere in peace lets hope someone will find hear and give hear a good hidding

  • We (British) ask all to come hither, England is a land of freebies.. no tax’s, free healthcare, free food, Shelter. See, even the president of Egypt’s family now live here. As in Arabic countries.. hospitality is our aim to please (please aim too please)

  • We (British) ask all to come hither, England is a land of freebies.. no tax’s, free healthcare, free food, Shelter. See, even the president of Egypt’s family now live here. As in Arabic countries.. hospitality is our aim to please (please aim too please)

  • Wendy Robertson

    All this World needs is one Big F Murderer running Syria………

  • All this World needs is one Big F Murderer running Syria………

  • Wendy Robertson

    Assad is a Murderer…

    • 73Corty77

      May he keep murdering those Free Syrian Ass hole mercenaries. Its his right as the president of the country to eliminate terrorism in his home land.
       

  • Wendy Robertson

    WE have no Shame in telling the truth……

    • 73Corty77

      When your ready please start telling

  • Assad is a Murderer…

    • 73Corty77

      May he keep murdering those Free Syrian Ass hole mercenaries. Its his right as the president of the country to eliminate terrorism in his home land.
       

  • WE have no Shame in telling the truth……

    • 73Corty77

      When your ready please start telling

  • Wendy Robertson

    The most hated man on Earth?

    • 73Corty77

      Like he really cares who likes him or not. Just a question, besides all the crap this and other sites say about him in terms of him murdering innocent people, what else has he ever done to be so disliked. OH I know he wont sign a treaty will Israel, or maybe because he wont sell Iran out, or even maybe his support for Hezbollah. That’s understandable.   

  • Wendy Robertson

    The most hated man on Earth?

  • The most hated man on Earth?

    • 73Corty77

      Like he really cares who likes him or not. Just a question, besides all the crap this and other sites say about him in terms of him murdering innocent people, what else has he ever done to be so disliked. OH I know he wont sign a treaty will Israel, or maybe because he wont sell Iran out, or even maybe his support for Hezbollah. That’s understandable.   

  • Wendy Robertson

    Mrs Assad you have my sympathy for being associated with a Monster

    • 5thDrawer

      Catching up on old news Wendy? 😉

      • master09

        5TH remember in places around the world, maily ME its still called smail.
        Some are starting to hear about what happen in 2006 or 8….:) 

        • 5thDrawer

          Got a point, master09 … Natural disasters elsewhere outweigh Leb&Syria war news in most homes. All tourists know is ‘don’t go there’. :-)))

  • Wendy Robertson

    Mrs Assad you have my sympathy for being associated with a Monster

    • 5thDrawer

      Catching up on old news Wendy? 😉

      • master09

        5TH remember in places around the world, maily ME its still called smail.
        Some are starting to hear about what happen in 2006 or 8….:) 

        • 5thDrawer

          Got a point, master09 … Natural disasters elsewhere outweigh Leb&Syria war news in most homes. All tourists know is ‘don’t go there’. :-)))

  • Mrs Assad you have my sympathy for being associated with a Monster

    • 5thDrawer

      Catching up on old news Wendy? 😉

      • master09

        5TH remember in places around the world, maily ME its still called smail.
        Some are starting to hear about what happen in 2006 or 8….:) 

        • 5thDrawer

          Got a point, master09 … Natural disasters elsewhere outweigh Leb&Syria war news in most homes. All tourists know is ‘don’t go there’. :-)))