'Sad ending.' Mubarak
Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak is "very sick" and has fainted on at least one occasion at a Red Sea holiday villa in Sharm el-Sheikh, media reports said Tuesday.
"I wouldn't be surprised if word of Mubarak's death will be received at any moment," a former Egyptian security official with ties to the Military Council told the London-based Arabic newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat.
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Two Egyptian newspapers said that the former president was depressed, refusing to take medication and was repeatedly passing out.
"Mubarak wants to be left alone and die in his homeland," the source said, adding that the former president also refused to receive medical treatment outside of Egypt. Last year Mubarak underwent surgery in Germany to have his gall bladder and a growth removed from his small intestine.
"His death is just a matter of time," the former security official said, "It's unfortunate that this is how things will end."
The source denied reports that Mubarak was writing his memoirs, saying the former leader is in a state of "almost complete unconsciousness."
Meanwhile in Gaza, a major hospital named after Mubarak will be renamed “Tahrir (Liberation)” after the Cairo square at the center of the uprising which toppled the Egyptian leader.
The Mubarak hospital for children in Khan Yunis is to be renamed Tahrir hospital in honor of the Egyptian revolution in Tahrir Square,” Yussef al-Mudallah, director general of the Hamas-run health ministry, told AFP.
News agencies contributed to the report
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