Egypt unrest: Mubarak at military center, Al Jazeera slams Egyptian government
Egyptian army tanks move along the Corniche Al Nile near the Information Ministry.
January 29th, 2011
06:03 PM ET

Egypt unrest: Mubarak at military center, Al Jazeera slams Egyptian government

Read full coverage of the unrest in Egypt updated continually by CNN reporters worldwide. Are you there? Send your photos and video to iReport.

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Egypt's major cities on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, demanding an end to President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year-rule. Here are the latest developments as confirmed by CNN.

Sunday January 30, 2011:

[Update 3 p.m. Cairo, 8 a.m. ET] Turkey has sent two planes to Egypt to begin evacuating its citizens.

[Update 2:45 p.m. Cairo, 7:45 a.m. ET] State-run Nile TV reports that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is currently visiting an armed services operations center to follow up on the security situation and in show of support. State television also reporting that Egypt's military has arrested 450 people in various parts of Cairo.

Egypt's defense minister, Gen. Mohamad Tantawi, urged the public Sunday to obey the 4 p.m.-8 a.m. curfew (9 a.m.-1 a.m. ET) Tantawi's statement was carried by state television, and Tantawi was escorted to the network's headquarters by red-helmeted troops in a convoy of sport-utility vehcies. Tantawi is among the Cabinet ministers that Mubarak announced he was replacing over the weekend.

Also Sunday afternoon in Cairo, Al Jazeera "strongly denounces" the closure of its Cairo bureau by the Egyptian government, the news network said in a statement Sunday. Egypt's information ministry announced the shutdown of Al Jazeera in Egypt and the withdrawal of its media license to operate in the country, state-run Nile TV reported Sunday.

Saturday January 29, 2011:

[Update 1:50 a.m. Cairo, 6:50 p.m. ET] - Roughly 1,000 prisoners have escaped from Prison Demu in Fayoum, southwest of Cairo, state-run Nile TV reported early Sunday. The inmates are "on the streets causing chaos and families are scared," according to Nile TV.

[Update 1:33 a.m. Cairo, 6:33 p.m. ET] - Seventeen people have been shot to death by Egyptian police, according to Reuters.

Twelve people were killed trying to attack a police station in Beni Suef governorate, south of Cairo, Reuters reported. Another five people died in an attempted attack on a station in Nasr City, according to Reuters.

[Update 1:16 a.m. Cairo, 6:16 p.m. ET] - CNN's Ben Wedeman (#bencnn) tweeted that angry crowds dragged two looters to soldiers. The army is in control of the Egyptian Museum.

The Egyptian Museum hosts one of the most extensive collections of Egyptian artifacts in the world, including the treasures of Tutankhamun. In addition to jewelry, sculptures and artwork, the museum boasts the Royal Mummy Room, which features the remains of several pharaohs. The artifacts were discovered around the turn of the 20th century.

In Alexandria, CNN's Nic Robertson (#NicRobertsonCNN) tweeted that gangs of machete- and iron-bar-wielding youths are stalking the deserted streets of Alexandria despite a curfew.

[Update 12:53 a.m. Cairo, 5:53 p.m. ET] - In front of military tanks, people have gathered arm in arm outside the Egyptian Museum, protecting the famed building from looters.

[Update 10:47 p.m. Cairo, 3:47 p.m. ET] - CNN's Ben Wedeman (#bencnn) sent these tweets within the past 20 minutes:

  • Neighborhood protection groups wearing white armbands in Cairo. People getting organised to end chaos and looting.
  • NDP source says Omar Sulaiman VP appointment should be seen as first step for transfer of power.

[Update 9:40 p.m. Cairo, 2:40 p.m. ET] - National Security Adviser Tom Donilon on Saturday held a meeting with top officials to discuss the events in Egypt, White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said. Among the participants were Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Israeli politician Benjamin Ben Eliezer says Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak recently told him "this is not Beirut and not Tunis." In an interview with Israeli TV on Saturday, Eliezer said that Mubarak suggested that Egyptian authorities knew what was going on and had prepared the army in advance.

In Alexandria, the scene at hospitals was chaotic, CNN's Nic Robertson said in a message on Twitter. The facilities were short-staffed and injured protesters said they were not being treated quickly enough.

[Update 8:19 p.m. Cairo, 1:19 p.m. ET] Cairo residents have given accounts of lawlessness after police withdraw from the streets. There were reports of looting and residents appealing to authorities for protection.

  • CNN photojournalist Mary Rogers saw businesses looted in a downtown Cairo mall. She saw fast-food restaurants - KFC and Hardee's - smashed and looted. People were carrying items from the mall.
  • Journalist Ian Lee said vigilante groups in a middle-class Cairo neighborhood called Dohy were forming to protect personal property. He heard live fire, but saw no police presence. Soldiers were in the area but did not respond to the trouble, he said.
  • CNN's Fred Pleitgen tweeted: Illegal checkpoints popping up in Cairo. Just ran by a group of guys with guns and clubs.
  • From Alexandria, CNN's Nic Robertson tweeted: Without police, Alexandria residents fearful of looting, set up neighborhood watch, board shop windows.

[Update 7:05 p.m. Cairo, 12:05 p.m. ET] CNN's Ben Wedeman (#bencnn) sent this series of tweets within the past 20 minutes:

  • Came to office by Cairo metro today. People talking about Mubarak as president IN THE PAST TENSE. For most I spoke, Mubarak is gone.
  • Almost all police stations ransacked, arsenals looted. Suddenly weapons in the streets wielded by thugs. Where is the army?
  • Saw a truckload of riot police leaving Cairo this morning. they looked defeated and scared. people say "they should be"
  • Widely believed hated #Egypt police force playing part in the chaos and looting. they've abandoned their posts, in civilian clothes
  • In residential areas of Cairo people setting up barricades to protect their streets. Wielding clubs, knives fearing looters.
  • Man in Tahrir Square told me "We have fired Mubarak." It's clear from the streets that he's no longer wanted.

[Update 6:55 p.m. Cairo, 11:55 a.m. ET] At least 31 people have been killed in protests in Alexandria, Egypt, hospital authorities told CNN Saturday.

[Update 6:46 p.m. Cairo, 11:46 a.m. ET] Omar Suleiman, Egypt's newly appointed deputy president, "is someone that we know well and have worked closely with," State Department spokesman PJ Crowley told CNN on Saturday.

[Update 6:19 p.m. Cairo, 11:19 a.m. ET] Egyptian Army Chief of Staff Sami Annan was huddling Saturday with five of his deputies after returning to Egypt from Washington, a senior Egyptian military official told CNN. Annan and other top officials were attending high-level talks with Pentagon officials when this week's unrest broke out and those meetings were cut short Friday for the Egyptians to return to Cairo.

[Update 6:07 Cairo, 11:07 ET] Ahmed Shafik, a minister from the cabinet that resigned today, has been appointed to form a new government, state TV reported. Shafik is Egypt's former civil aviation minister.

[Update 5:45 p.m. Cairo, 10:45 a.m. ET] At least five people have died from gunshot wounds near the Egyptian Interior Ministry, according to a physician at a triage center in a Cairo mosque.

[Update 5:28 p.m. Cairo, 10:28 a.m. ET] Omar Suleiman, a former head of intelligence, has been appointed presidential deputy for Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, state TV reported.

[Update 5:19 p.m. Cairo, 10:19 a.m. ET] The Egyptian military is urging people "to stop the looting, chaos and the things that hurt Egypt. Protect the nation, protect Egypt, protect yourselves," according to state TV in Egypt.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Saturday, affirming his solidarity with Egypt, the official Palestinian news agency reported.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague urged Mubarak on Saturday to seize the moment and carry through with reforms in Egypt.

Egypt's ruling party has accepted the resignation of Ahmed Ezz, who was one of its senior leaders and a close confidant of Mubarak's son, according to state-run Nile TV.

The Egyptian military blocked protesters who were trying to enter a central bank building, Al Arabiya is reporting.

[Update 4:40 p.m. Cairo, 9:40 a.m ET] Police are firing on demonstrators at the Interior Ministry building in Cairo, journalist Ian Lee tells CNN. Lee said he was standing over a man who appeared to have been shot in the head.

[Update 4:12 p.m. Cairo, 9:12 a.m. ET] Midyear examinations have been delayed in all of Egypt's universities, state-run Nile TV reported on Saturday.

[Update 4:03 p.m. Cairo, 9:03 a.m. ET] Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of protesters remain in front of the Information Ministry building on Corniche Al Nile in Cairo despite arrival of curfew and presence of army tanks, CNN's Fred Pleitgen reports.

[Update 3:59 p.m. in Cairo, 8:59 ET] A tweet from Ashraf Khalil in Cairo: Was in Tahrir 10 minutes after Mubarak gave his speech. Protestors though[t] it was comical. They weren't even mad, just laughed it off.

[Update 3:39 p.m. Cairo, 8:39 ET] Delta Air Lines says its final flight out of Egypt has departed from Cairo and is scheduled to arrive at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport at 5:50 p.m. ET. "We have suspended flights out of Egypt indefinitely," Delta spokesman Paul Skrbec said. More information is available at Delta's website.

[Update 3:31 p.m. Cairo, 8:31 a.m. ET] Thirty-eight people have died in the unrest in Egypt, including 10 members of the security forces, the state-run Nile TV reported Saturday.

[Update 3:28 p.m. Cairo, 8:28 a.m. ET] The Iranian government urges Egypt to react peacefully to public demonstrations and respond constructively to demonstrators' demands, Iran's state-run Press TV reports.

"Iran expects Egyptian officials to listen to the voice of their Muslim people, respond to their rightful demands and refrain from exerting violence by security forces and police against an Islamic wave of awareness that has spread through the country in form of a popular movement," Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Saturday.

Tehran attaches great importance to the fulfillment of public demands in Egypt, he said.

"Iran regards demonstrations by the Muslim people of this country as a justice-seeking movement in line with their national-religious demands."

In 2009, the Iranian government carried out a bloody crackdown on political demonstrations following the suspicious landslide re-election victory of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

[Update 2:41 p.m. Cairo, 7:41 a.m. ET] The Egyptian cabinet has presented its resignation in response to President Hosni Mubarak's request in his speech Saturday, Egypt's state-run Nile TV is reporting.

[Update 2:31 p.m. Cairo, 7:31 a.m. ET] A nighttime curfew from 4 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday local time has been imposed in the Egyptian cities of Cairo, Alexandria and Suez, state-run Nile TV reported.

[Update 2:25 p.m Cairo, 7:25 a.m. ET] Saudi Arabia's king told Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak that he stands with the Egyptian government. In the statement reported by the Saudi Press Agency, King Abdullah said in a Saturday phone call to Mubarak that he condemned people who have attempted "to destabilize the nation's security and stability."

[Update 2:11 p.m. Cairo, 7:11 a.m. ET] The Egyptian government has announced that the Egyptian stock market and all banks will be closed Sunday, which usually is a normal business day in the Middle East.

[Earlier] - Cell phone service was apparently restored Saturday morning, a day after the internet went dark in many parts of the country and some text messaging and cell phone services were apparently blocked amid calls for intensified protests.

- Police fired tear gas on protesters who were pushing toward the country's Interior Ministry in Cairo on Saturday.

- At least 2,000 protesters gathered in Raml Square in Alexandria on Saturday. There was no sign of police, and protests appeared peaceful. People chanted, "No for Mubarak and his dynasty."

- They also said, "The military and the people together will change the regime." Protesters smiled and shook hands with troops patrolling the area. One soldier cradled a baby and posed for a picture.

- Also on Saturday, Egyptian military tanks surrounded Cairo's Tahrir Square, where a crowd of hundreds of protesters continue growing. Demonstrators chanted, "Down with Mubarak" and "We are all Egyptians." The atmosphere was tense, but people gathered in the square were posing for pictures with tanks and shaking troops' hands.

- Tahrir Square, located near many government buildings in the heart of downtown Cairo, has been a focal point for protesters. Nearby, police fired tear gas on protesters who were pushing toward the country's Interior Ministry.

- Mubarak said in a speech Saturday morning that he asked the members of his government to resign so that he can form a new government, under his direction.

- The Egyptian leader, who has been president for 30 years, said, "We have to be careful of anything that would allow chaos." He said his primary goal was to protect Egypt's security, and he criticized looters and those who had set fires.

- Mubarak, 82, said that he heard from demonstrators who wanted more job opportunities and lower prices on key goods. According to a translation, he said, "I know all these things ... that the people are asking about it. I've never been separated from it, and I work for it every day."



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  1. Mrs. Mark Kidder

    I've been watching CNN all day and have yet to here about the safety of U.S. Citizens there on business! My husband has been hold up in a hotel and can't get a flight out...that should be the FIRST priority! They won't tell him when he might get a flight out. If these people want to burn down the whole country, go for it...just get our U.S. citizens out! Where are their rights?

    January 29, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    @concerned...events like these were foretold by your God's son. Why try to stop them. Nothing can stop the foretold "love of the greater number cooling off" or the "wars and reports of wars", "pestiences in one place after another". Praying for peace is like asking God to make his own son a liar. We are living in the end times and will see with our own eyes as Jesus and his heavenly army "brings ruin to those ruining the earth". True peace will NOT come from any human endeavor. When the dust settles, only kind hearted and honest people will be left alive to enjoy everlasting life on a warm paradise earth. Period.

    January 29, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tommy

    Mrs.Mark......

    I heard last night on CNN that the US embassy has not called for evacuations as of yet due to the fact that Americans in the region have not been threatened as of yet. But, there are contingincy plans in the event that US citizens need to be evacuated. Best bet is for your husband to contact the embassy, and see what his options are. Good chance they can get him to the embassy if he feels in danger. good luck!

    January 29, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. janet

    In cooler news this lady is possesed in this movie

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kJGachsPnk&w=640&h=360]

    January 29, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Shadel

    Please help the Egyptians…this new development comes direct from the residents of Cairo, Alexandria, and other cities who are cut off from the world...in the foreground, president Mubarak is keeping the worlds attention by appointing a VP, etc. after 30 years without one…in the background, president Mubarak & his thugs are changing tactics…it appears that while the physically able Egyptians are out demonstrating, and when the police could not beat them off the streets, they have resorted to another dirty way to bring demonstrators home…the police disappeared completely from the scene, some changed to civilian cloths, and along with secret police and their thugs, are now terrorizing neighborhoods & killing citizens, looting homes & neighborhoods, with sticks, knives and guns…a group of neighborhood watch caught some of these thugs & found them to be members of the secret police…this is serious as many homes are either empty or have elderly who are unable to defend themselves... … Please help the Egyptians, contact news agencies to investigate and expose this tyrant regime!!!

    January 29, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Marc

    What is known about the group l"April 6 youth movement" (see on Facebook) that the US Government, has been secretly supporting in this Revolution? (according to RawStory.com)

    January 29, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dougie_II

    rock on Egypt!
    I hope you come up with something good!

    January 29, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Vicki

    I support them 100%, I love the young people and their use of "tech". I really wish we'd listen to our kids more often, it's their future and they ARE really smart. I hope our government supports their cause or at least stays out of it.

    January 29, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dan

    Why is President Obama and the United States still supporting Mubarak A DICTATOR? What happen to spreading DEMOCRACY around the world and in the Middle East? Where is Hillary Clinton on this issue? POWER TO THE PEOPLE OF EYGYPT.

    January 29, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • myklds

      @Dan..it's NOT what Obama was saying in his speech. It's completly the other way around.

      "US government continues to stand with the people of Egypt, in their freedom of speech and the right to gather peacefully" that what he said.

      January 29, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Name*Anis

    The Saudi camel just burped , breaking the silence in support of Mubarak and in fear what's coming down the road! It is coming!!

    January 29, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Charles Robb

    Please ask the US Egyptians and those interviewed in Egypt their intentions as to Christians, Jews and any non- Muslim?

    January 29, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • JM

      This revolution is not based in religion- these are all EGYPTIANS... Christian, Muslim, Coptic, standing TOGETHER against a torturous regime.

      January 29, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Q

    Any kind of real revolution must include coordination between the disenfranchised, police and military. Many military personnel loathe politicians and could be a very strong ally. When those in power lose security forces then they are finished. Politicians use the police and military as tools to serve their own backwards agenda. Once the military sees their brothers and sisters as equals they may not follow orders to kill their own people. I would agree that the looting must stop. It's hard to gain international support when you're seen as thieves who are only trying to get a new tv or playstation. Direct your anger at those responsible, not your neighbors.

    January 29, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. online

    water cut from large areas in Cairo by "thugs"..who were looting too ..civilians form militias to protect themselves and families and they say they caught some of the thugs finding with them weapons issued by gov. and gov. issued I.D.

    January 29, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Q

    @Dan: Obama and Clinton pander to the supposedly well educated liberal base during campaigns. They know the hippie sheep will buy their snake oil promises. They then turn into every other politician that lies to us after they secure power. Terrorists are still being held in Gitmo, we're still in Afghanistan and Iraq. Unemployment is still at 14% in some places in America. Anyone who bought this guy's happy happy joy joy feel good show is truly a sad human being. The Repubs and Dems are all under direct control of the Dark Lord Satan. You can either deal with it, revolt, or off yourself. I can assure you whining about it won't change anything.

    January 29, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Wow! Way off subject here. SATAN? REALLY! Try learning some history, there have always been problems with goverments and leadership. The people off Eygypt have had enough, so they are standing up. I hope the United States leadership heeds these uprisings. Im not whining about it, Im asking questions and opening dialouge.. I think someone else is WHINING! here. And your HAPPY comment is sad, a leader needs to show hope to the people, unlike dragging the United States into 2 WARS and Bankrupting the country.

      January 29, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ann

    Please tell Fredrica to stop saying it's 'fascinating' that people in the outer suburbs of Cairo are in fear of their lives.

    January 29, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Fredrica...... STOP IT!

      January 29, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • myklds

      @ Ann..you're kid Dan was pretty obedient, give him some lollypop.

      January 29, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
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