Syrian President's Sister 'Now in Dubai'
[An Nahar] Embattled Syrian Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir
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's only sister, Bushra, whose husband was killed in a July bombing, is now living in Dubai with her children, Syrian residents told Agence La Belle France Presse on Sunday.
Bushra's husband General Assef Shawkat, an army deputy chief of staff, was killed along with three other high-ranking officials in a July 18 bombing at the National Security headquarters in Damascus
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The president's elder sister, a pharmacist in her 50s, has five children she has enrolled at a private school in Dubai, according to Syrian expatriates in the emirate.
Ayman Abdel Nour, editor-in-chief of opposition news website all4syria.com, told AFP that Bushra, who did not hold any position in the Syrian regime, left after "differences" with her brother whose troops are locked in a deadly conflict with rebels.
Bashar has "accused her of being closer to the opposition because she did not entirely agree with his policies," Abdel Nour said.
In 2008, Bushra also left Syria following what sources said were "disagreements" with her brother, staying for one year with her children in the United Arab Emirates capital Abu Dhabi.
With Bushra's departure, Assad now has only his brother Maher, who commands the notorious Fourth Brigade, in the country.
Their other two brothers, Bassel and Majd, are dead.
Bassel, who was groomed by his father -- Syria's former president Hafez Assad -- to succeed in power had opposed Bushra's marriage to Shawkat and put the latter behind bars on four separate occasions to ensure he would stay away from his sister.
But Bassel's death in a January 1994 car accident enabled the marriage to go ahead a year later.
Majd, of whom little is known, died of unspecified illness in 2009.
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