Authorities dismiss reports that prominent Egyptian political figures have fled

Official sources at Cairo Airport denied rumors about prominent Egyptian political figures leaving with their families on board private planes that took off from terminal 4, the airport’s private flights terminal, against the backdrop of widespread demonstrations that were staged in several Egyptian cities on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Arab news reports had indicated that Gamal Mubarak, son of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who is widely believed to succeed his father as president, left Cairo for London, in the wake of the "Day of Anger" demonstrations.

The reports also said that Ahmed Ezz, prominent businessman and organization secretary of the ruling National Democratic Party, as well as other Egyptian businessmen, also left with their families from the same terminal.

Airport sources denied the rumors and said air traffic remained normal in the past few hours.

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