BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's presidency says Aniseh Makhlouf, the mother of Syrian President Bashar Assad, has died. She was 86.
A statement on the presidency's official Facebook page says Makhlouf, the wife of the late President Hafez Assad, died Saturday in Damascus.
Makhlouf was born in 1930 to a powerful and wealthy family from the coastal province of Latakia. She married Hafez in 1957 and rarely appeared in public after he became president in 1971.