Syrian President Assad's mother dies aged 86: state media

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 06, 2016 2:56 PM

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's mother, Anisa Makhlouf, has died at the age of 86, Syrian state media said on Saturday.

Makhlouf was married to the late president Hafez al-Assad, who ruled Syria from 1971 until his death in 2000.

They married in 1957 and had five children: Bushra, Basil, Bashar, Majed and Maher.

(Reporting by Lisa Barrington; Editing by Kevin Liffey)