Syria:First Lady resurfaces at school for 'martyrs' children

After months of denying she would flee the civil war

10 January, 18:11

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, JANUARY 10 - Syrian First Lady Asma al-Assad made a public appearance Wednesday in official media coverage of her visit to a Damascus grade school during quarterly exams.

    State news agency SANA ran images of Mrs. Assad in a green jacket and with gathered hair, hugging elementary school children in blue uniforms and looking at their drawings.

    The visit to the so-called ''school for martyrs' children'' took place on Thursday, SANA said. The Assad regime refers to loyalist forces killed in action in the ongoing Syrian civil war as ''martyrs''.

    The president's wife ''wished the students success for the prosperity of the fatherland'', SANA reported. School principal Shahira Fallouh thanked the First Lady ''for her ongoing concern for the martyrs and their children, which is a token of the concern of President Assad himself''.

    Born and raised in London, Asma al-Assad has a British passport, but has denied rumors in past months that she intends to flee her war-torn country along with her three children.


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