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Mubarak declining-health report disputed

The health of former Egyptian ruler Hosni Mubarak is deteriorating reports a newspaper, but another source says the ousted leader is fine and taking calls.
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Egypt's ex-President Hosni Mubarak is said to be in a state of declining health.Amr Abdallah Dalsh / Reuters file
/ Source: Reuters

The health of former Egyptian ruler Hosni Mubarak is in dispute.

Mubarak's health is deteriorating and he has refused to travel abroad for treatment, the Saudi-owned daily Asharq al-Awsat said on Tuesday.

A military source told Reuters Mubarak was "breathing" but would not give details about his status.

Another Egyptian source with links to the family said he was not well but did not elaborate.

However, another source said Mubarak is in good health at his Red Sea resort home.

"He's fine," the source said. "He is at his residence in Sharm el-Sheikh with his family. He is receiving telephone calls. I spoke to him at 3 o'clock this afternoon."

The newspaper report differed.

"What is certain is that his state of health is declining drastically, in addition there is information that he is refusing to receive the required medical treatment," Asharq al-Awsat said in its online edition, quoting a former security official affiliated to the Egyptian military high command.

The Egyptian daily Al-Masry Al-Youm reported that Mubarak was gravely ill and had slipped into a coma.

The Higher Military Council took over the country after Mubarak resigned on Friday following over two weeks of massive protests against his 30-year rule.

The Asharq al-Awsat report said Mubarak, 82, had refused advice to travel to Germany for treatment. He underwent gallbladder surgery there last year, and since then rumors about his health have frequently surfaced.

"Mubarak is refusing this (travel abroad)," the paper said, quoting its source. "He has asked those around him to allow him to die in his country, and I believe this is just a matter of time."

Mubarak had said in his final speeches to the nation, while still hanging on to office, that he would die in Egypt.

Speculation has swirled about Mubarak's health, including some talk that he may have already died.

Arab diplomats, including one Egyptian, said on Tuesday they had not heard any news that Mubarak had died.