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. mamzer

    Mubarak is a dictator and has to go, but who would be the next dictator, the Musilm brotherhood?
    Or a other dictator?
    The Western world knows Mubarak and who's side he is on, but we don't know who the next dictator will be.

    January 29, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • GuerreroDeAmor

      HaHa. Looks like ConNetworkNews has done its job on you. Who says the muslim brotherhood represents dictatorship???? The same folks (usofa govt officials) that claims that Mubarak, a 30+year leader (uh that alone screams DICTATOR), that he is in fact not a Dictator (hello Joe Biden). So if we had a real, journalistically ethical mainstream media here, that journalist would have responded with, "No? Not a dictator? Then please Vice Prez Biden, please give us the US govt's definition of a dictator, cause that would be a real eye-opener for all the still ignorant american peeps out there in good ol' us of a, home of the ignorant, land of the fat ass complacent retard."

      hahaha. nice try mamzer. nice try. LMFAO..

      January 30, 2011 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. David J Bhaltazhar Esq

    Knives are Falling!!!!!

    January 29, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ROB

    Why do americans feel the need to talk down to women who choose to wear modest clothes and scarves on their head? a woman in georgia was arrested and thrown in jail because she refused to remove her scarf in a courtroom! that is oppression! it's okay to be mean to a woman if she wears a scarf but if she is half naked and covered with tattoos she is a freakin princess!

    January 29, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JD

    Why is CNN being so HYSTERIAL about this whole situation... let it take it's own course..I am sure Egytptians can takecare of themselves...

    January 29, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. abby

    I fear for the people of Egypt. They have suffered for so long and I worry that this may descend into chaos in which extremism may take hold. Like most people, I wish the people freedom, liberty, democracy, and human rights. I wish them a decent standard of living and jobs and health. It's what most people would want for themselves and their families. I just have a bad feeling about this.....

    January 29, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Amanda Mosierski

    Appointing a deputy will not save Mubarak's skin. The Egyptian people want to get rid of this corrupt president, and the sooner he realizes that the sooner there will be peace on the streets. He should step down now, before he is forced to step down. The handwriting is on the wall for Mubarak. He has been weighed in the balance and found wanting.

    January 29, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Courtney

    This makes me very sad. I am supposed to go to Egypt in April to see all the beautiful history...don't think that will happen now 😦

    January 29, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. conoclast

    It all comes down to which side the Egyptian army takes. If they supress the riots with live ammo then we know Mubarak is still in power. If they don't they'll probably end up aligning with the insurrection and poor Hosni will just have to live off his Swiss bank accounts. Go away Mubarak! You're 82; you've had your life!

    January 29, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    @abby...I fear for my neighbors here in the US. Egypt's minimun wage is the equivalent of 8 dollars per hr. Ours is what? And who would wish the freedom to carry handguns meant for killing humans, the freedom to murder one's own unborn child, the freedom to greedily reap where one has not sown, the freedom to ignore nature's laws, the freedom to invade and plunder another country's natural resources while their people starve to death, the freedom to hurl glaring insults at your fellow man, etc, etc., etc.,...on anyone?

    January 29, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ahmed abdel-hameid

    to the cnn reports the police haven’t vanished they are there but there not dressed as police officers they are dressed as protesters and covering there face so no one would know them they are robbing the counter from the museums to the people’s houses they’re the ones with the ak 47 on the streets there were a group of looters that were contained and beaten by the army the solders stop when the looters told them they were cops this is a true story my dad in Egypt saw this first hand, the police stations that were up in flames were burned by the police so they can destroy the files that if they go to the media they will be prosecuted so please get your facts strait the looters and the thugs that are steeling and killing are police this isn’t the first time the police do this in Egypt they have done it before they did it before the elections and they are doing it know
    thank you
    one of the million outside protesters and supporters

    January 29, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ahmed abdel-hameid

    to the cnn reports the police haven’t vanished they are there but there not dressed as police officers they are dressed as protesters and covering there face so no one would know them they are robbing the counter from the museums to the people’s houses they’re the ones with the ak 47 on the streets there were a group of looters that were contained and beaten by the army the solders stop when the looters told them they were cops this is a true story my dad in Egypt saw this first hand, the police stations that were up in flames were burned by the police so they can destroy the files that if they go to the media they will be prosecuted so please get your facts strait the looters and the thugs that are steeling and killing are police this isn’t the first time the police do this in Egypt they have done it before they did it before the elections and they are doing it know
    thank you
    one of the millone suppoters and out side protester of egypt

    January 29, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Fabian

    I really hope that none of the ancient artifacts get destroyed.

    January 29, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    @Ahmed...police brutality is not shocking to US. We remember the Rodney King riot's of our own, where just one single case of police brutality had angry mobs of US citizens starting fires and looting stores, for their crack-cocaine supply had been interupted. Your troubles in Egypt are a precursor of things to come here in the US when the walking zombies wake up! from their drug-induced pharma sleep cut short because we can no longer afford to drug them, subsidizing big-pharma. Enjoy your puny little rebellion while you can, then hide and watch as America decends into will what will make your rebellion seem as a mere child throwing a fit.

    January 29, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lee null Cassin

    It's a scary country. Virtually none of the protesters is female. Is this going to be another place where women have no lives?

    January 29, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. kalunde

    I sympathize with the Egyptian pple and I offer my prayers for them. One short coming though, I think they did not play their cards properly. Their movement lacks a leader and this makes the situation more ugly. For the sake of precious human lives, my advice to you Egyptians is to get a competent leader for your movement who will restore peace. May be that's why Mr. Mubarak is still hanging on there bcos there is nobody to face him!

    January 29, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
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