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Egypt’s embattled President Hosni Mubarak has fled the burgeoning protest crowds of Cairo to the Sinai resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, a source with close connections to Persian Gulf government figures told CNN on Friday.

Mubarak departed the Egyptian capital leaving the regime’s daily workings in the hands of Vice President Omar Suleiman as he had pledged to do in his speech Thursday night.

But his refusal to stand down as head of state fueled fresh fury Friday on the streets of Cairo where protesters made their strongest stand yet in the 18 days of uprising in the Arab word’s powerhouse nation.

The army made an attempt to appease the people with a publicly aired statement but its message fell on deaf ears as the crowds spilled out from central Tahrir Square and swelled in front of the state television building, the presidential palace and the parliament, all powerful symbols of Mubarak’s three decades of authoritarian rule.

Source: CNN

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