Egypt crisis: Guns fired in central Cairo early Thursday
Vehicles burn in front of Cairo's Egyptian Museum early Thursday as people protesting against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak face off against pro-Mubarak crowds.
February 2nd, 2011
10:35 PM ET

Egypt crisis: Guns fired in central Cairo early Thursday

Read full coverage of the unrest in Egypt updated continually by CNN reporters worldwide. Send your photos and video to iReport and see CNN in Arabic here. See also this strong roundup of timely, insightful views on the wave of upheaval in the Arab world.

[Update 5:35 a.m. Thursday in Cairo, 10:35 p.m. ET Wednesday] The U.S. State Department has offered via Twitter an amended advisory to U.S. citizens in Egypt, saying now that those who wish to depart Egypt on a U.S. government-chartered flight should report to the airport "ASAP after the morning end of curfew."

Earlier, the department tweeted that such U.S. citizens should report to the airport immediately.

[Update 5:16 a.m. Thursday in Cairo, 10:16 p.m. ET Wednesday] All remaining U.S. citizens who wish to depart Egypt on a U.S. government-chartered flight "should report to airport immediately," the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs said via Twitter minutes ago.

"Further delay is not advisable," the tweet said.

The State Department offers further information for U.S. citizens in Egypt on the department's website.

[Update 4:51 a.m. Thursday in Cairo, 9:51 p.m. ET Wednesday] CNN's Ivan Watson, reporting on the gunfire that was heard in central Cairo minutes ago, said it took place along the barricaded edges of Tahrir Square, where anti-government protesters stayed through the night, facing off with pro-government people.

CNN personnel are seeing wounded being carried into Tahrir Square from the Egyptian Museum entrance to the square. Ambulances also are coming into the square.

Watson reported that he could hear both automatic gunfire and single shots, and that perhaps six young men - possibly wounded - were carried away. One appeared to have been shot in the abdomen, Watson reported.

[Update 4:33 a.m. Thursday in Cairo, 9:33 p.m. ET Wednesday] Heavy gunfire reverberated in central Cairo early Thursday as anti- and pro-government protesters continued to face off at Tahrir Square.

[Update 3:43 a.m. Thursday in Cairo, 8:43 p.m. ET Wednesday] Chartered flights evacuating U.S. citizens from Cairo will run again on Thursday, but after that, U.S. officials will assess whether the operation should be continued, the U.S. State Department said.

More than 1,900 U.S. citizens and their family members have left Egypt since an evacuation operation began Monday, according to State Department statement. The State Department has been providing passage for any U.S. citizen wishing to leave Egypt.

[Update 3:28 a.m. Thursday in Cairo, 8:28 p.m. ET Wednesday] In the video below, CNN's Ivan Watson reports on the Molotov cocktails that have been thrown Wednesday night and Thursday morning between supporters of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and anti-Mubarak protesters outside Cairo's Egyptian Museum.

Watson reports of a "constant stream of wounded people being brought from these front lines between these two warring camps," and "people being treated along the sidewalks, underneath the street lamps ... by medics in lab coats."

"We've seen teams of opposition protesters who've been hard at work digging up the asphalt here in Tahrir Square to pull out stones to use as ammunition in the ongoing battles that have gone thoughout the day," Watson said early Thursday.

[Update 3:15 a.m. Thursday in Cairo, 8:15 p.m. ET Wednesday] Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman has reiterated the government stance that the people have been heard, that they should go home and that they should stop demonstrating.

Protesters should respect the curfew and "enable people to return to their jobs and their daily lives, and to allow schools and universities to reopen," he said in a statement.

People protesting against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak still are in Cairo's Tahrir Square. Some of them have set up sheet-metal barricades outside the Egyptian Museum to hold off some pro-Mubarak crowds, who on Wednesday engaged in bloody clashes with the protesters. The pro-Mubarak people, who dwindled in number Wednesday night into early Thursday morning, still are lobbing Molotov cocktails at the protesters.

The Health Ministry has said three people died and 639 were injured in Wednesday's clashes in Cairo. CNN reporters at the square early Thursday morning say medics have been tending to the wounded in makeshift triage areas, and ambulances were arriving every few minutes. The Egyptian military is at the square and the museum but generally have stood by during the clashes, CNN reporters have said.

[Update 2:54 a.m. Thursday in Cairo, 7:54 p.m. ET Wednesday] The video below is a roundup, from CNN's correspondents in Cairo, of what happened during Wednesday's demonstrations and clashes between anti-Mubarak protesters and people supporting the president.

[Update 2:21 a.m. Thursday in Cairo, 7:21 p.m. ET Wednesday] At least three fires are burning outside Cairo's Egyptian Museum as people supporting Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak throw Molotov cocktails toward anti-Mubarak protesters, CNN's Anderson Cooper reports.

The number in the pro-Mubarak crowd has dwindled, and anti-Mubarak protesters - having slowly advanced behind tall sheets of metal - have controlled the area in front of the museum near Tahrir Square for the past few hours. Anti-Mubarak protesters have been banging on the metal into the night. Some of them are having to dodge Molotov cocktails thrown by the other side, Cooper said.

"Every time one of the Molotov cocktails thrown by the pro-Mubarak forces hits inside a crowd of people in the anti-Mubarak group, you can hear a cheer going up from the pro-Mubarak side," Cooper said.

Sustained automatic weapons fire also could be heard early Thursday around Cairo's Tahrir Square, the epicenter of nine days of protests calling for Mubarak's ouster.

[Update 2:15 a.m. Thursday in Cairo, 7:15 p.m. ET Wednesday] Ambulances were arriving every few minutes early Thursday at a hospital about a 10-minute drive from Tahrir Square, scene of bloody mayhem in Cairo. Many of the wounded have injuries to the head. Others have stab wounds or were burned by Molotov cocktails.

[Update 1:15 a.m. Thursday in Cairo, 6:15 p.m. ET Wednesday] A tree outside Cairo's Egyptian Museum appears to be on fire, and Molotov cocktails still ocassionally are being thrown between groups of protesters, CNN's Hala Gorani reports.

People protesting against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak earlier pushed back pro-Mubarak crowds from the street in front of the museum, near Tahrir Square. Though Molotov cocktails still are being thrown, the two sides don't appear to be in physical contact.

[Update 12:40 a.m. Thursday in Cairo, 5:40 p.m. ET Wednesday] In the following video, CNN's Anderson Cooper reports on being attacked as he and colleagues tried to approach supporters of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo on Wednesday.

[Update 12:16 a.m. Thursday in Cairo, 5:16 p.m. ET Wednesday] People protesting against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak appear to have pushed pro-Mubarak crowds away from Cairo's Egyptian Museum, though the two sides still are clashing, with Molotov cocktails being thrown, CNN's Anderson Cooper and Ivan Watson report. Molotov cocktails have been thrown for hours.

A few vehicles have been set on fire in front of the museum. The military is there, but is not doing much other than putting out fires in front of the museum, Watson said.

Hundreds, maybe thousands, of people are still in and around Tahrir Square, Watson reported. Medics are tending to some wounded people, and many protesters are wearing slings or bandages, Watson said.

[Update 11:58 p.m. Cairo, 4:58 p.m. ET] Three people died and 639 were injured in clashes Wednesday in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the Egyptian health minister told state-run Nile TV.

[Update 11:50 p.m. Cairo, 4:50 p.m. ET] The Cairo bureau chief for Al-Arabiya tells CNN that protesters beat two Al-Arabiya reporters and harassed a third in separate incidents Wednesday. In one incident in Giza, people stole an Al-Arabiya reporter's watch and beat him - he eventually was rescued and taken to a hospital, where he was in an intensive care unit, the bureau chief said. In a second incident, in Cairo's Tahrir Square, a reporter was "beaten like hell" after he identified himself as working for Al-Arabiya, the bureau chief said.

[Update 11:35 p.m. Cairo, 4:35 p.m. ET] Late Wednesday, anti-Mubarak protesters near the Egyptian Museum were appearing to be gaining more ground in their clashes with the president's supporters, CNN's Anderson Cooper reported. It remained unclear whether such confrontations were being repeated elsewhere.

A state-run Nile TV flashed a warning ordering people to adhere to a government-imposed curfew and clear out of Tahrir Square, but a crowd - though a less intense one - remained in the downtown plaza into the night.

In the following video, CNN's Fred Pleitgen reports that although the number of protesters outside Cairo's Egyptian Museum and Tahrir Square was decreasing late Wednesday, people still were tossing petrol bombs.

[Update 11:19 p.m. Cairo, 4:19 p.m. ET] Via Twitter, CNN's Nic Robertson reported: "Alexandria protesters say they plan big event on Friday, describe as the 'day of farewell to #Mubarak #egypt #jan25"

Robertson also tweeted that an Alexandria protest organizer said: "'This is the day that we hope Egypt can be finally free of #Mubarak, his dynasty & his thugs."

[Update 11:10 p.m. Cairo, 4:10 p.m. ET] The United States doesn't know the identity of "thugs" who attacked anti-government protesters Wednesday in Egypt, but others have identified them as "supporters of the government," U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters.

"This was clearly an attempt at intimidating the protesters," Crowley said.

[Update 10:55 p.m. Cairo, 3:55 p.m. ET] Leaders from the United Nations, the United Kingdom and Germany have joined a chorus of condemnation of Wednesday's eruption of violence in Cairo.

[Update 10:27 p.m. Cairo, 3:27 p.m. ET] A journalist captured these images of people throwing rocks, brandishing knives and tending to injured people during protests in central Cairo, near Tahrir Square, on Wednesday:

[Update 10:07 p.m. Cairo, 3:06 p.m. ET] Some of the protesters on the streets of Cairo are now targeting journalists. A Belgian reporter on Wednesday was arrested, beaten and accused of being a spy by men in plain clothes in the central Cairo neighborhood of Choubra, and in Tahrir Square, journalists from the BBC, Al-Arabiya, ABC News and CNN - including CNN's Anderson Cooper and Hala Gorani - also were attacked.

Cooper said he was hit on the head by a protester. Gorani said she slammed against some gates and threatened after getting caught in a stampede of protesters and counter-protesters riding on camels and horses Wednesday morning.

[Update 9:45 p.m. Cairo, 2:45 p.m. ET] Egypt's health minister said 611 people were injured in clashes in Cairo's Tahrir square Wednesday, state-run television reported.

Earlier today, Ministry of Health officials told state TV that at least one member of the Egyptian security forces was and more than 400 people were wounded in clashes between pro- and anti-government demonstrators in Cairo. Most injuries were head wounds from thrown rocks, Egyptian Health Minister Ahmed Sameh Fareed said.

[Update 9:30 p.m. Cairo, 2:30 p.m. ET] A spokesman for the Egyptian Foreign Ministry says demonstrations by supporters of the Mubarak government are spontaneous and not orchestrated by the government. He also said the men on horseback and camels who rode into Tahrir Square earlier Wednesday were workers from the Pyramids whose business has been hurt by the unrest.

[Update 9:24 p.m. Cairo, 2:24 p.m. ET] CORRECTION:The blog entry below posted at 9:24 p.m. Cairo time incorrectly quoted a comment made by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs Wednesday regarding violence between anti-government protesters and government supporters in Egypt. Gibbs said, "And it is - it is our hope that what we saw today we won't see tomorrow or Friday or into the weekend. Obviously, this is - this is going to take - this is not all going to be wrapped up in a matter of hours. It's going to take some time."

The violence witnessed Wednesday between anti-government protesters and government supporters in Egypt "won't end tomorrow, or Friday, or by the weekend," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said, adding: "This is not all going to be wrapped up in a matter of hours. It's going to take some time."

[Update 9:18 p.m. Cairo, 2:18 p.m. ET] CNN's Anderson Cooper describes how demonstrators are arming themselves as he watches gasoline bombs being lobbed from a rooftop.

[Update 9:05 p.m. Cairo, 2:05 p.m. ET] The State Department reported Wednesday that one flight for U.S. citizens was confirmed to have left Egypt. The department advises citizens who are having difficulty reaching the airport to stay indoors until demonstrations subside and make their way to the airport Thursday after curfew ends.

[Update 8:54 p.m. Cairo, 1:54 p.m. ET] Via Twitter, CNN's Nic Robertson reported: "This morning, Alexandria seemed on verge of going back to normal but early calm evaporated when aggressive pro-Mubarak groups showed up. ... Seeing more vigilante checkpoints around Alexandria. Protesters keen to avoid confrontation with pro-Mubarak groups."

[Update 8:31 p.m. Cairo, 1:31 p.m. ET] The time for a political transition in Egypt "is now" because the Egyptian people "need to see change," and a "meaningful transition must include opposition voices and parties being involved in this process as we move toward free and fair elections," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Wednesday.

If the Egyptian government is instigating any of the violence occurring on the streets of Cairo, "it should stop immediately," Gibbs said.

A spokesman for Egypt's Foreign Ministry called on international leaders to butt out of the country's internal strife, telling CNN, "We know what is in the best interest of our society." Hossam Zaki said the clashes between pro- and anti-government demonstrators in Cairo reflect "the very raw and high emotions" of the Egyptian people, and "what is required now is for people to calm down."

[Update 8:17 p.m. Cairo, 1:17 p.m. ET] Peaceful protests have been taking place Wednesday in other neighborhoods of Cairo - Mohandessin, Heliopolis and Corniche - and the rural cities of El-Minya and El-Mahalla, CNN's Ben Wedeman reported. Most of the demonstrators in those places appear to be women, children, scholars and Coptic priests, he reported.

[Update 8:01 p.m. Cairo, 1:01 p.m. ET] More than 400 people have been wounded in clashes between pro- and anti-government demonstrators in Cairo, Egyptian Health Minister Ahmed Sameh Fareed told state television Wednesday. Most injuries were head wounds from thrown rocks, he said.

[Update 7:47 p.m. Cairo, 12:47 p.m. ET] At least one member of the Egyptian security forces was killed Wednesday in clashes in and around Cairo's Tahrir Square, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health, Abdel Rahman Shaheen, said on state television.

[Update 7:31 p.m. Cairo, 12:31 p.m. ET] CNN iReporter Hunter Moore, 26, is an American teacher in Cairo who is certified in CPR and first aid, and has been working with doctors and other volunteers to provide medical aid to injured protesters outside Tahrir Square. He says they are only treating the anti-government protesters; the pro-Mubarak protesters are getting so badly injured that they're being sent directly to the army for treatment. "All the medics and the doctors, they just don't want to see people killing one another," he said. He shot these photos Friday and earlier this week.

[Update 7 p.m. Cairo, noon ET] The army is not deliberately allowing the violence to continue, Egypt's finance minister says, it's been ordered not to hurt anyone.

[Update 6:55 p.m. Cairo, 11:55 a.m. ET] Numerous gasoline bombs were hurled on a street alongside Tahrir Square, starting small fires that were put out by military water cannon:

[Update 6:15 p.m. Cairo, 11:15 a.m. ET] A CNN journalist in Alexandria said pro-Mubarak demonstrators in Sidi Jaber Square left after a rally near the railway station, leaving only anti-Mubarak demonstrators still camping there. Journalists saw a small pro-Mubarak crowd demonstrating near Saad Zaghloul plaza with banners that said, "Yes, yes Mubarak" and "Where is the media to hear our voice?"

[Update 6:03 p.m. Cairo, 11:03 a.m. ET] CNN iReporter farahk8 sent in photos from among the Tahrir Square crowd during Tuesday's demonstrations. See them here.

[Update 5:56 p.m. Cairo, 10:56 a.m. ET] Video of the chaos in Tahrir Square from street level:

[Update 5:50 p.m. Cairo, 10:50 p.m. ET] CNN's Ivan Watson says opposition demonstrators inside Tahrir Square are surrounded by pro-Mubarak groups and fear a bloodbath after nightfall.

CNN's Ben Wedeman tweeted: "The only way out of Tahrir is thru army lines to the right of the mosque next to the Mogamaa." (The Mogamaa is a building that houses the Interior Ministry.) "People in Tahrir square begging Obama to intervene. They are terrified a bloodbath is about to occur."

[Update 5:35 p.m. Cairo, 10:35 a.m. ET] As darkness falls on Cairo, some faithful Muslims fall to their knees for evening prayers. Small fires from gasoline bombs, also known as Molotov cocktails, are quickly extinguished near the Egyptian Museum.

[Update 5:32 p.m. Cairo, 10:32 a.m. ET] CNN's Ben Wedeman, who was roughed up near Tahrir Square, tweeted: "I was not injured. Harassed? Yes. Appears the pro-government "demonstrators" have been given instructions to target press."

[Update 5:25 p.m. Cairo, 10:25 a.m. ET] CNN's Ivan Watson describes clashes taking place in front of the Egyptian Museum, home of Egypt's most precious antiquities, and how the military has been staying on the sidelines. Meanwhile, demonstrators dig up bricks from a construction site to use as weapons.

[Update 5:16 p.m. Cairo, 10:16 a.m. ET] White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told CNN, "We continue to watch the events very closely, and it underscores that the transition needs to begin now." Pressed on whether the administration is pulling further away from President Hosni Mubarak, Gibbs would only say that President Obama and other officials have made clear in recent days there needs to be "real change" in Egypt.

U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley tweeted: "We are concerned about detentions and attacks on news media in #Egypt. The civil society that Egypt wants to build includes a free press."

[Update 5:05 p.m. Cairo, 10:05 a.m. ET] Here is a video summary of the day's events in Egypt so far.

[Update 4:59 p.m. Cairo, 9:59 a.m. ET] CNN iReporter Marianamin is an American living in a suburb an hour north of Cairo. She says her friends and neighbors "don't know who they want in, but they just know they want Mubarak out. ... Their thinking is he had 30 years to make changes. Even though he's done a lot of good for business ... for a lot of average Egyptians, he's just let them down." See marianamin's photo and description of her experience.

[Update 4:50 p.m. Cairo, 9:50 p.m.] Anderson Cooper witnessed a huge crowd of Mubarak supporters surge across a no-man's land dividing them from the anti-Mubarak crowd and overturn a military vehicle on the street as a huge roar went up. A large cloud of smoke arose at the east entrance to Tahrir Square, Anderson said.

[Update 4:38 p.m. Cairo, 9:38 a.m. ET] Tear gas was fired near the entrance to Cairo's Tahrir Square on Wednesday, according to CNN journalists who are there.

According to the latest information obtained by the United States, the Egyptian government wants to use police to quell the demonstrations in the capital, a senior U.S. official said. "That may be why you do not see the Army reacting," the official said.

The source also said that, at this point, the violence is largely limited to central Cairo and has not spread to other parts of the country. The official said the major issue for the United States is to try to achieve some measure of stability in Egypt.

[Update 4:30 p.m. Cairo, 9:30 a.m. ET] Here is some of the top video from the past hour in Egypt. Check back each hour for the latest video.

CNN's Ivan Watson describes the rapidly changing scene:

Men on horseback charge into Tahrir Square:

Protesters bloodied in clashes:

Crowd turns violent

CNN's Ben Wedeman sees "utter chaos":

[Update 4:23 p.m. Cairo, 9:23 a.m. ET] Some members of the Egyptian Army were believed to be entering Tahrir Square. Military vehicles were separating pro- and anti-Mubarak demonstrators, and several gasoline bombs had been tossed, CNN's Anderson Cooper said.

The sound of gunfire was heard in Tahrir Square, CNN's Fred Pleitgen said on Twitter. The square has been surrounded by pro-Mubarak demonstrators who have blocked in anti-government demonstrators and others at the site, CNN's Ben Wedeman said.

[Update 3:58 p.m. Cairo, 8:58 a.m. ET] The United States believes that the Egyptian police are returning to the streets in Cairo and will be the first responders to the violence that has erupted, rather than the Egyptian army, a senior U.S. official with direct knowledge of the unfolding situation in Egypt told CNN Wednesday. "We are seeing preliminary indications the police are coming back in," the official said, stressing that the situation remains highly volatile and uncertain.

[Update 3:51 p.m. Cairo, 8:51 a.m. ET] Men with rocks in their hands lined a metal wall and pounded out a rhythm. CNN's Ivan Watson said this appeared to be a show of support for rock-throwers on the front lines as pro- and anti-Mubarak sides faced off. Injured men were carried to a makeshift clinic on Tahrir Square.

CNN's Ben Wedeman said he overheard a panicked army officer say the situation was out of control and there was nothing the army could do to restore order.

[Update 3:42 p.m. Cairo, 8:42 a.m. ET] CNN's Anderson Cooper said he and his production crew were attacked by pro-Mubarak demonstrators earlier Wednesday. The attackers pushed and shoved the CNN crew and punched them in the head, he said, but no one was seriously hurt.

[Update 3:36 p.m. Cairo, 8:36 a.m. ET] A crew of men were seen on video using tools to break up pavement near Tahrir Square, while others carried loads of rocks, presumably to be thrown at the opposing demonstrators. It wasn't known which side they supported.

[Update 3:17 p.m. Cairo, 8:17 a.m. ET] As hundreds of men lined up to kneel and pray in the street, a crowd less than 100 feet away could be seen surrounding and beating a man.

[Update 2:58 p.m. Cairo, 7:58 a.m. ET] Men on horseback and camels charged into the crowd at Cairo's Tahrir Square, some of them lashing people on the ground with whips. Several were pulled off their animals and beaten, and the others retreated. CNN's Ivan Watson said the horseback riders came from the pro-Mubarak side of the demonstration.

[Update 2:49 p.m. Cairo, 7:49 a.m. ET] The stone-throwing and fighting at Tahrir Square have suddenly stopped and people are hugging and chanting "We are one," CNN's Ivan Watson reports from his vantage point.

[Update 2:46 p.m. Cairo, 7:46 a.m. ET] CNN's Amir Ahmed said he has seen people with blood flowing from their heads after being injured by rocks. The clashes appear to be spreading to streets near the square, he said.

[Update 2:32 p.m. Cairo, 7:32 ET] Demonstrators for and against President Hosni Mubarak are throwing rocks at each other on Tahrir Square, CNN's Ben Wedeman reports. Police are absent from the square and military personnel are hanging back, he says.

[Update 2:19 p.m. Cairo, 7:19 a.m. ET] Competing rallies were being held Wednesday in Alexandria, Egypt, with several thousand people protesting against President Hosni Mubarak and a few hundred others supporting him, CNN Correspondent Nic Robertson reported.

In Cairo, Mubarak supporters broke through a barricade that had separated them from anti-government protesters in Tahrir Square. The military surrounded the square but there was nothing between the two sides to keep them apart.

[Update 12:37 p.m. Wednesday in Cairo, 5:37 a.m. ET Wednesday]The U.S. State Department "ordered departure" evacuation starts Wednesday with chartered planes planned to start flying out nonemergency personnel, their relatives and any American citizens who wish to evacuate.

Internet access is back in at least parts of Egypt, CNN has confirmed

[Update 11:51 a.m. Wednesday in Cairo, 4:51 a.m. ET Wednesday] The Egyptian defense ministry on Wednesday urged the youth to go back home, saying "your message is received ... your demands became known."

"And we are here and awake to protect the country for you," a spokesman for the ministry said in a television broadcast. "Not by power but by the love to Egypt ... it is time to go back to normal life."

[Update 11:28 a.m. Wednesday in Cairo, 4:28 a.m. ET Wednesday] Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said Wednesday he will not run for president nor hand over power to his son once his term ends in 2013. "No extension, no inheritance," he told parliament.

In recent weeks, thousands have taken to the streets in Yemen demanding the the kind of change that Egypt wants. Saleh has been in office for 32 years.

[Update 9:19 a.m. Wednesday in Cairo, 2:19 a.m. ET Wednesday] Shortly after sunrise Wednesday, Cairo's Tahrir Square was already packed with demonstrators - including families staying in tents with children.

Some demonstrators chanted in favor of Mubarak early Wednesday, calling the press "traitors" and "agents."

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the government would provide an emergency flight  for Australians affected by the unrest in Egypt. The flight will depart Cairo on Wednesday, according to a statement from her

British carrier BMI says it has organized an extra flight to help British nationals get back to the United Kingdom from Egypt.

The  British Foreign Office is sending a charter flight to Cairo on Wednesday to fly back British citizens with no other way to get  home, the office said.

Egypt's national airline, EgyptAir, canceled flights until 10 a.m. Wednesday (3 a.m. ET), according to state television.

Greece has sent  military aircraft to evacuate 215 Greeks from Egypt,  the official Athens News Agency said.

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  1. MarcusAurelius

    CNN reporters characterized the pro Mubarek demonstrators last night as "a rented mob." CNN seems to be losing its detached objectivity we expect of a respected American journalist. This kind of bias and the sudden increase in the number and prominence of Englishmen on CNN suggests that CNN is trying to become BBC lite. If I want the full horror of BBC, I can get it directly from the souce itself, I don't need a diluted version of it.

    Hiring a guy to replace Larry King who on his first interview would bet a pound and referred to cricket as an analogy to make his point is out of touch with the Amercan mainstream and culture. You're losing me CNN. How about getting back to what you are supposed to do, report the news without bias or hidden agendas or do you want your entire network to be seen by America in the same vein as I now see Keith Olberman, an advocate and not a journalist?

    February 2, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      It's a middle east civil war!!!

      February 2, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • a true Egyptian

      As an Egyptian I know very well rented crowds which this regime use them frequently in occasions to boost the image of the ruler whenever this is needed. We see them when the President is going somewhere public and they want to show that he is popular. Because Egypt is a very poor country, it is often possible to hire people for such occasions. If this was not a "rented crowd", where were they the last nine days? Why are they riding horses and camels and attacking the for-political reform people?

      February 2, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • r-hope

      Seems to me like a classic case of a pot calling a kettle black; Are you being objective when in your comment you lump together the issue of CNN crew getting attacked with having Morgan as Larry's replacement? Think about it.

      February 2, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • bigmomma

      I have a relative in Cairo. 200 Egyptian pounds is the going rate if you want to join the pro-Mubarak crowd. unemployed,?hungry? You do desparate things. Also heard that Glenn Beck is going to further incite things by claiming that radical islamic groups are behind it all. Bravo to Anderson Cooper,Ivan & Ben for keeping things straight and emphasizing this is NOT a religious movement.

      February 2, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • jean2009

      Faux watcher no doubt.

      February 2, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Novembereign

      Obama is a joke. He is saying he wants the same thing as the Iranian government (support these rioters overthrowing Egypt's legitimate government). He is only throwing Mubarack under this bus as a campaign move to try to gain the votes of muslims in 2012 who support things like radical fundamentalist islam and palestine liberation. The rioters got what they wanted. Mubarack agreed to step down. Its sad because he brought Egypt peace for 30 years and people like Obama are using this as a political ploy. The radicals want Mubarack to step down so they can seize power. The muslim brotherhood (which answers to Iran) is the real villain here.

      February 2, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Percy

      Thank goodness the USA is keeping a safe distance and away from this uprising. Let the people of Egypt handle this on their own. We have 2 wars of our own and no money !!

      February 2, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • sluggo

      Thank you Marcus...The Truth is spoken here! Agreed on all accounts.

      February 2, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • ahmed hussein

      CNN reporters were correct. Don't shoot the messenger. The thugs pro Mubarak mob. which showed up to march, after Mubarak'e defiant speech, are "paid Mubarak thugs". The "pro Mubarak paid thugs" are there to create havoc and engage in violence aainst the anti Mubarak demonstrators. The pro Mubarak thugs and demaonstrators would not be there unless they were being paid by Mubarak.

      The man who Mubarak appointed as his prime minister is the head of 'Egypt's intelligence service. This man is trained in all of the dirty trick used by the CIA. Mubarak's numer 2 man is using every dirty trick, that he has been taught by the CIA. Confusion and deception are numer one tactics of the CIA, which Mubarak's number 2 man is part of.

      Mubarak's number 2 man has placed these "pro Mubarak paid thugs" into the center of the demaonstrators to create violence and havoc. The violence being created by "Mubarak's paid thugs" creates an excuse for Mubarak, and his number 2 man, to send in the hated Gestapo police and the military to put down the demonstrators.

      Take your head out of the Mubarak sand and realize that Mubarak is a brutal dictator, who will do anything to retain power. The people's demand is for Mubarak to step down and leae the country NOW, along with all of his regime, including his parliament. 'When Mubarak and his regime steps down, the demonstrators will leave the Square and not
      a minute before.

      Mubarak leave Egypt now and take your corrupt American backed regime with you.

      February 2, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • sluggo

      LMAO! I just saw our old friend Novembereign (worst GNR song EVER) is adding his two cents every thread. Stil no job (maybe you have one, but it is so insignificant you can sit on the net all day), no life...NO CLUE!!! hahahahaha

      February 2, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hesham

      I no longer respect CNN and many of the US media outlets and will not be watching them again for their biased coverage for the crisis in Egypt. Go to the streets and homes of Egypt and meet regular people to know the truth, which is that the silent majority in Egypt, who came out today, supports Mubarak at this point.

      February 2, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • D. Jackson

      I feel that Mubarak and the Egyptian goverment need to find a resolution quickly and peacefully. The longer this conflict goes on in Egypt the more the rest of the world is at risk of a domino affect taking place with the other Arab countires of the world. The last thing the United Stated and the rest of the world need id for Arab countries to be over run by terrorist groups who would be filling space left by goverments falling apart. If that were to happen there would be no counry in the free world safe , and no one country or allied countries have the man power or resources to go up against such a threat.

      February 2, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lol

    What a joke. Of course Egypt wants USA to come help. We should not HELP AT ALL. Fix your own problems.

    February 2, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • PapaSmurf

      help themselves? The problem has been that the US has propped up this dictatorship much as they have done to other dictatorships in other countries in the past. Why do you think the US has lost influence in the Middle East? Its funny they promote and kill for the right to democracy yet stand shoulder to shoulder with these dictators and giving them millions and billions in aid so that they can have access to the oil. Think about the crack addict much like the oil addict. They don't care where it comes from as long as its there and who cares who gets hurt or negatively affected by it as long as you can have your oil. 30 years the US has supported Mubarak knowing that he runs his country with a strong arm. Knowing that his human rights violations even surpass those of the Chinese who the US constantly berates about its human rights record. Jordan, Syria, Lebanon etc etc the list goes on. AMerican influence is on the decline. What was once a country to be emulated now its a country to be ignored.

      February 2, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • ana

      This should go at least for a decade so that rest of the world other than muslim countries live in peace for a while.

      February 2, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • LMFAO

      you sound like a typical American, first of all, this dictatorship is in place because of USA, second of all Obama's help aint needed and he can't do anything about it either way. all that matters to USA is the strategic point of egypt and loosing a big time ally(hussni mubarak). get you facts together

      February 2, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Raven

      I completely agree let the rest of the world fix there own problems we have enough of our own. People in the USA need to wake up! We are not the police force of the world! We tried and failed to many times. We failed in Korea, We failed in Vietnam, We are teetering on failing in Iraq and Afghanistan. We do not belong in Egypt. We should not care about the middle east further more we should let Isreal deal with it's own affairs and stay out of world affairs all together for the sake of our children and our children s children. I mean look at history! We are going to fall like ROME if we do not get our acts right and go back to post 60 and 50s morals and discipline. America being sold off piece by piece and the land lord buying us up is China! Now unless in 20 years we all want to speak Chinese and become communists then I suggest we start staying out of world affairs. Look china needs the oil as bad as we do, Let them try and fix this mess. Russia needs access to the Suez just as bad as we do, Let them deal with it! These countries spend there vasts amount of wealth to fix the worlds issues and let us focus right at home.

      February 2, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angela Lee

      It seems you could use a lesson in history. Unfortunately we have had a history over several administrations of propping up these dictators for our own purposes. President Obama has inherited the ongoing residuals of them but now the Egyptian people want a democratic system. That is a very positive thing in many ways. Trouble is megalomaniacs like Mubarak can not readily face losing power (or money that has flowed in too, no doubt). The Egyptian people should be commended for their forward-thinking and bravery in doing their utmost to see a democracy established to enhance their lives and that of their offspring.

      February 2, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • zaina2007

      trust me the last nation egyptiants want a help from is USA.... so dont worry they wont be asking for your help just let alone..honestly alot of ppl are ignorant in this country... I hope you know how ppl feel towards USA there

      February 2, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • jim

      CNN crewmen must leave EGYPT as soon as possible. They need to get in airport really fast because the government could bomb the airport and make foreigner very difficult to leave. It's not very safe to stay Egypt's revolution.

      February 2, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bryant

      Hah...last time the US didn't help we ended up with Al Queda! US is obligated to watch over events in order to avoid further destabilization of the area.

      February 2, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rjr

    Anyone think obama will get involved?....even if he does, what can he do?

    February 2, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • joe the ceo

      Mr. President Obama will do nothing. Here's why. The stock market has come roaring back and hasn't even flinched at the events in Egypt.
      As we all know, higher corporate profits and a racing stock market mean all Americans are doing great. One clear indicator of this is the large gas guzzling trucks built by government motors are selling well. So now that the economy is great and the american people are happy, to heck with the rest of the world.

      February 2, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justice for all

      Here is what will happen if we install a capitalist democracy in Egypt. You will still have to bust your azz for some rich bloke. You just won't have to wear the scarf.

      February 2, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reelection stategy

      Not to many folks pay much attention to these geopolitical events.
      The important thing now is cosying up to big business. They will after all, fund the next bid for office.

      February 2, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Novembereign

      joe the ceo: here is the problem with your statement – the dow is just speculation and not a true indicator of anything – in 2008 the DOW surged over 12,000 points and what followed in 2009-2011 was the highest period of unemployment and the least amount of prosperity this country has seen in the last 30 years.

      February 2, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Perez-A227

      i think obama will get involved...... And i think he is going to try to talk to Mubarak..

      February 4, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • OrtizA227

      Obama probably get involved when it get worse.... He should stop what's happening in Cairo!!!!!

      February 4, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. Aaron

    Are CNN monitors moderating this blog? Are the Mubarak security officials infiltrating and spamming this website?

    February 2, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jale

    they are taking women from hotels and making them wear scarves....sheraton hotel is now controlled by the muslim thugs

    go to other sites everyone to see all sides better watch it since they hate gay people

    February 2, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Ferah

      Easy..if u don't like it then don't watch. Nobody is forcing anyone to do anything, that's the whole point of the protests...freedom! Read between the lines haters will do whatever it takes to spread a negative word and since this world is filled with morons theses days the b.s that's out there is believed.

      February 2, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      Wow you sound stupid.

      February 2, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Novembereign

      If I were Anderson Cooper I would get the heck out of there asap. He is the son of an heiress and a prime kidnapping victim waiting to happen.

      February 2, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • creatinine

      Ha Ha Ha Ha Haaaaaaaa !!! u'r so funny

      February 2, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • jean2009

      Someone must have opened the doors to the mental hospital and let Jale loose.

      February 2, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobe

    Just watched CNN live, then came a IMBECILE called RUBIN former government, and without any proof started accusing MUBARAK OF INSTIGATING VIOLENCE, that shows how CNN can create OPINION from TIN AIR, now i read CNN PRO MUBARAK INSTIGATING VIOLENCE, does ANDERSON COOPER has any idea being a christian (Or jew) in EGYPT feels like, i tell you they are scared to death, the CHRISTIAN have been persecuted and now they are scared to death, barricade in their own homes waiting for the worst.
    I ma not fan of FOX NEWS but their cover seems better and their opinion better than CNN.

    February 2, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Ray Joseph Cormier Ottawa-Hull CanaDa

      It's like half the police & firemen being laid off in Camden, N.J in a city with an already high crime problem due to high unemployment and having no cash to pay just for subsistence expenses. Will people take up arms to defend what little they have?

      February 2, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jix

    Violence is the only fruit of this evil religion.

    February 2, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • PapaSmurf

      Yep your right. Christianity has never used violence to promote their religion thats why we never had the crusades, the salem witch trials, the dark ages, priests molesting children and the wars that have been made in the name of Jesus Christ. Oh wait, YES it did. It did all these evil things like murdering, torturing and using oppression to control the populace. And priests are still molesting children. And they don't believe in so many things that are modernization like birth control and woman's equalities as Christianity is a patriarchal religion much like Islam is so please get your facts straight. All religions use violence. Period. To finger one religion as evil is being obtuse and ignorant.

      February 2, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      jix and papasmurf, evil does not come from religion. It comes from the heart (filled with hatred) and stomach(without any food in it).

      February 2, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      Jix, they are not fighting about religion. Are you aware of how STUPID you sound???? Egyptian citizens are fighting for democracy...and to get rid of an evil dictator that we've supported for 30 years!

      February 2, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • thewakil

      they like martyr-ism this is their hope so they can say some one is hurting them the reality is that the real Egypt is starting to wake up showing the real population of Egypt the other forgotten 80 millions, i.e. the majority which I talked about two days ago, so please understand the message. It is like what happened in Thailand but with a ratio 1:9, i.e. democracy in action with some casualties, remember no security forces were involved, the majority are waking up!!

      February 2, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ahmed Taymour

      Jix, I'm Egyptian by the way. Can you please do us a favour, Please Please Please Keep this piece of trash Shut, it Smells Bad.

      February 2, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John

    While driving I heard talk radio (in Memphis) guy saying "I am so glad we are not like that in USA" referring to todays Eygpt clashes. Mr. Whoever you are, it is about humanity not country. Countries, States, Counties and cities were formed so humans can govern themselves better and make best use of mother earth. Instead we drew lines and polarized ourselves. We started hating and killing each other.

    February 2, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  9. HELP

    Please this is a HUMAN call for all of us! anyone who knows how to contact Reporters from CNN, Alarabiya, Aljazeera, BBC Arabic, France 24 arabic::::: TELL them to tell the youths of EGYPT who are being trapped to PLAN an EXIT quickly before they MASSACRE them and to PRETEND they are with these thugs and run out of Tahrir Sq. and re-organize their efforts another day but HE WILL KILL THEM THAT IS NOT HUMANE WE MUST ((((((ALL)))) HELP THEM

    February 2, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  10. canadianpharaoh

    how about you stfu and know what you are talking about? The people doing the burning and destroying are the supporters of Mubarak not the protesters smart ass.

    February 2, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      I agree with you, lets see how us Americans make this about us, without completely understanding what is going on with these people. This is = to getting rid of health care and letting the people who will take it away make you pay for their. The only difference in these people, is they are tired of paying for the few and getting screwed by a few.We Americans love being screwed, and screwed hard.

      February 2, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tod P

    This is what would happen if we in the US protested for getting rid of the corrupt leaders we have. There would be a clash of the poor and middle class against the rich and government workers. I for one am behind the removal of any corrupt leader. There is no reason that the rich should be in control. It is clear that the rich do not want to give up power in any country even though THEY are the minority. Wealthy people seem to think they are SPECIAL just because they were lucky to be in the right place at the right time. I am in the middle class and it seems to me that most wealthy people think their poop does not stink. Well, from what I have seen in the past and the present, this is true, not for all, but for most. We need to rid ourselves of aristocratic control on the entire planet. When will humans realize that money is not everything and it is the root of ALL EVILS in the world! Dictators need to be removed and if they do not leave quietly they need to be removed by force if necessary. What is good for the goose has to be good for the gander or there can be no freedom. Peaceful change is what is needed in Egypt and the dictator needs to We all have to stop this type of control over the governments of the world.

    February 2, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • You fail

      Why in the hell do you think its poor Protesting is the game of rich people. You seriously think poor people will take the time to "protest" when they are barely surviving as it is? You are naive.

      February 2, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Drako

    Doug, you are ignorant. Mubarak's rent-a-mob are the ones throwing fire bombs. Any semblance of intelligence would tell you that the demonstrations have been peaceful until the regime decided to use this new tactic today.

    February 2, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • sam

      Yes, everything was peaceful until these so called "Pro Mubark" came out.

      February 2, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. azzurro

    People, please see through the propoganda.

    These aren't "Pro Mubarek" supporters. They are police and military disguised as such.

    It's about time CNN report it as such.

    February 2, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • RP

      If police and military are to support Mubarak and the demonstrators are police and military there would be no protests, your logic is wrong.

      February 2, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ferah

    It's interesting how the ones causing the violence are the mubarak supporters. Riding in on their horses as if superior to everyone else.

    February 2, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  15. ana

    What is happening here is good for world, let them be busy killing each other, otherwise they will come after innocent other religious people who doesnt even believe in voilence.

    February 2, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • brainless

      Ana, I am in loss for words...seeing your comments, I don't even know what to say to you, it is either you are REEAAALLLYY psychologicaly ill or u r psychologicaly ill, maybe if you were a little open minded, and actualy read what is going on around the world instead of listening to all the oriented media you would know something and have a sensefull comment......

      February 2, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      Ana... You are such a clueless idiot...idiots and narrow minded people like you are the one costing this country so much burden... go get an education first before you open your trashy mouth.

      February 2, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lilley

      ana, shame on you.

      February 2, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
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