Exclusive Photo Believed to Show Mubarak Bidding Cairo Farewell

In this CBS News exclusive photo, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak waves before leaving Cairo by helicopter for Sharm el-Sheikh, on February 11, 2011.
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In this CBS News exclusive photo, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is thought to be the man waiving before leaving Cairo by helicopter for Sharm el-Sheikh on Feb. 11, 2011

Updated at 7 p.m. ET

CBS News has obtained exclusive photos believed to show ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak leaving Cairo and entering the history books.

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The photos are thought to show Mubarak leaving a motorcade and waving while boarding a presidential helicopter as he left the Egyptian capital for the resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh Friday. About 90 minutes later, the country's recently appointed vide president announced that Mubarak had stepped down from power, thus ending his 30-year rule over the Middle Eastern country.

Reports have since surfaced that Mubarak is in ailing health in Sharm el-Sheikh. However, there have been conflicting reports on the health of the 82-year-old. ABC News reported Wednesday that Mubarak was well enough to eat breakfast on the beach. An unnamed source "with links to the Mubarak family" told the Reuters news agency recently that Mubarak was "fine" and was even making phone calls. The most recent official update from Mubarak on his health came last year, when he had surgery in Germany to remove his gallbladder.

Reuters reported Wednesday that Mubarak "has given up and wants to die" in the resort city.

It's another twist in the mysterious tale of what the ousted leader has been up to after being chased from power. So far, Mubarak has been reported to be in a coma and on his deathbed in a German hospital.

  • Alex Sundby

    Alex Sundby is an associate news editor for CBSNews.com