London: The wife of Syrian dictator
Bashar al-Assad may have fled to Britain with the couple`s three young children, a media report said.
British-born Asma Assad (35), considered to be one of
the most glamorous first ladies in the world, may be living in
a safe house in or near London, a high-ranking Arab diplomatic
source was quoted by `The Daily Telegraph` as saying.
She has not been seen in public since the start of the
Arab Spring. And, as the violence in Syria has been increasing
Asma is said to have been warned "to get out as soon as you
can", the report said.
"Her first reaction was clearly to get to London
because of her family there. Her evacuation was carried out
under conditions of immense secrecy but she`s now safely there
with her three children and surrounded by security guards.
"Clearly her presence could cause huge embarrassment
to the British, so none of this has been made public," the
unnamed source was quoted as saying.
Arab news organisations have even reported that Asma
has been in London for up to three weeks, with very few people
knowing about it, the newspaper said, adding that her father,
consultant cardiologist Fawaz Akhras and her retired diplomat
mother live in a large-terraced house in west London.
Asma, who was brought up in London, has been recently
described by US Vogue magazine as "a rose in the desert". She
holds dual British and Syrian citizenship.
According to Human Rights International, there have
so far been up to 800 civilians, including women and children,
murdered since the start of the Arab Spring.