Egypt denies Gaddafi family members arrived in Cairo

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Azerbaijan , Baku, Sept. 26 / Trend A. Isgandarov/

Egyptian airport authorities denied on Monday that near relations of fugitive Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi arrived in Cairo, following reports saying Gaddafi family members left Algeria aboard a plane heading to Cairo.

Cairo sources said that no relatives of Gaddafi had arrived for the past few months, adding that visa requirements and security approval are required for every Libyan to enter Cairo, dpa reported.

Eight members of Moammar Gaddafi's family, including her doughter Aisha, left Algeria last weekend where they fled to on Aug. 29, Algerian Khabar newspaper has recently reported.

Aisha Gaddafi, her mother and two brothers, Mohamed and Hannibal crossed the Libyan borders into Algeria last month, after Libyan rebels took over the capital Tripoli.

Algeria has slammed recent remarks by Aisha to pro-Gaddafi television al-Rai as unacceptable, as long as the North African country hosts her.

She sent a voice message saying her father was in high spirits and that he is fighting along his supporters.

Another son, al-Saadi Gaddafi, is believed to have escaped to Niger.

Thousands of Libyans fled their country after a conflict began in February between forces loyal to Gaddafi and rebels seeking his ouster. Many have crossed Libya's eastern borders into Egypt.

Mass demonstrations demanding for the ouster of Qaddafi, who has been ruling the country for more than 40 years, started in Libya in mid-February and subsequently grew into armed confrontation between the government forces and the rebels.

On August 23, 2011, Gaddafi lost control of Tripoli, and effective control of Libya with the rebels' capture of the Bab al-Azizia compound.

NTC forces now control most of Libyan territory, including the capital Tripoli. They have been trying to take several cities controlled by pro-Gaddafi troops, including Bani Walid and Sirte.

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