Syrian President sent his wife out of Syria, Displays loss of power in Syrian Uprising (Telegraph)
The wife of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad may have fled to London with the couple’s three young children, it has been claimed.
Asma Assad, 35, was said to be living in a safe house in or near the capital.
As the violence in Syria increases, Mrs Assad is said to have been warned “to get out as soon as you can.”
“Her first reaction was clearly to get to London because of her family there,” said a high-ranking Arab diplomatic source.
The source added: “Her evacuation was carried out under conditions of immense secrecy but she is now safely there with her three young children and surrounded by security guards.
“Clearly her presence could cause huge embarrassment to the British, so none of this has been made public.”
Arab news organisations have even reported that Mrs Assad has been in London for up to three weeks, with very few people knowing about it.
Her father, consultant cardiologist Fawaz Akhras, and her mother Sahar Otri, a retired diplomat, live in a large terraced house in North Acton, west London.
However, there was no sign of the family at the address on Monday, with three day-old post stacked against the front door.
Neighbours said they had not seen Dr or Mrs Akhras for several days, nor had they seen their daughter.
Mrs Assad, who was known at school and university as Emma, was brought up in London and had hoped to help stave off the type of revolution that has erupted in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya.
Recently described by US Vogue magazine as “a rose in the desert”, she holds dual British and Syrian citizenship.
With her father, she has set up several London-based charities including the Syria Heritage Foundation.
In Damascus she was living under the tightest security with her husband, who has become a hate figure because of using his army to kill and maim protestors.
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.