UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak died on Tuesday at the age of 91, according to his older son Alaa Mubarak.
Alaa wrote on his account on Twitter: “We belong to God and to Him we shall return. Turn to the mercy of God this morning, my father, President Mubarak. May God forgive him and forgive him and have mercy on him.”
President Mubarak’s son-in-law, former military officer Mounir Thabet, confirmed the news of the death early to AFP.
He said that Mubarak “died in the hospital and the Egyptian presidency will take over the funeral.”
The authorities have not yet announced whether to hold a military funeral for Mubarak.
Since the Egyptians toppled Mubarak from power in February 2011, 18 days after the start of a popular revolution across the country, he is bedridden.
When he appeared for the first time in front of the judiciary in Cairo, accused of killing protesters, he was lying on a bed because of his health.
Mubarak was finally acquitted of the charges of killing protesters in March 2017 and was released from Cairo Military Hospital where he has been detained since 2011.
Mubarak underwent surgery last month, according to Alaa Mubarak, who wrote in a tweet and has since remained in the intensive care room.
Muhammad Hosni Mubarak was born on the fourth of May 1928 in a middle-class family in the Egyptian Delta. He ascended the rank of military ranks in the army until he became commander of the Air Force in 1972 and had a prominent role in the 1973 war against Israel.
Mubarak assumed the presidency on October 14, 1981, following the assassination of President Anwar Sadat by Islamists on the sixth of the same month, and he remained in the presidency for thirty years.
Mubarak raised the Egyptian flag on Taba in South Sinai in 1989, declaring that Egypt would fully recover the Sinai from the Israeli occupation.
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