Egypt crisis: Death toll at 11, health ministry says; 916 injured
Demonstrators continued to gather in Cairo's Tahrir Square Saturday morning in defiance of a government-imposed curfew.
February 4th, 2011
10:25 AM ET

Egypt crisis: Death toll at 11, health ministry says; 916 injured

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 5:05 a.m. in Cairo, 10:05 p.m. ET] CNN is broadcasting from a hidden location in Cairo amid threats against journalists. CNN freelancer journalist Ian Lee reports that sporadic gunfire around Tahrir Square subsided around 2:30 a.m. in Cairo. The Army fired the shots in the air in an effort to disperse pro-Mubarak protesters trying to breach the lines separating them from anti-government activists lingering in the square in defiance of a government-imposed curfew, a source tells Lee.

[Update 4:30 a.m. in Cairo, 9:30 p.m. ET] A spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood, told CNN's John King that his organization will not participate in Egypt's general election now planned for September. He said that any talks regarding Egypt's future should only take place after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak steps down.

"We are not looking for any power at all," Essam el-Erian said.

[Update 3:55 a.m. in Cairo, 8:55 p.m. ET] Egypt's one small nuclear reactor, used primarily for medical research, has been shut down and is now secure, a U.S. State Department official said. Egyptian soldiers have been deployed to the Nuclear Research Center in Inshas, an area about 40 miles from the scene of the worst protests in Cairo, according to the official.

[Update 4:30 a.m. in Cairo, 9:30 p.m. ET] Ammar Sherie is a renowned musician. Naguib Sawiris made billions in the telecom business. Veteran diplomat Amre Moussa is the Arab League's secretary-general.

These three and 16 other Egyptians have put their heads and hearts together to form the "Committee of the Wise," a group of independent elite that wants to be at the table during crucial government transition talks.

The committee late Friday called on protests to continue at Tahrir Square every Tuesday and Friday until President Hosni Mubarak "resigns and makes true the demands of the people."

Mubarak, who has led the African nation for three decades, said he has no intention of stepping down until September, when his term ends. But 11 days of bloody protests and high tension have offered no assurance
of that outcome.

[Update 3:30 a.m. in Cairo, 8:30 p.m. ET] Five human rights activists - including two from Amnesty International and one from Human Rights Watch - were released Friday by Egyptian military police, the two groups said in statements. They were among some 35 people - including international reporters and Egyptian lawyers and activists, some of whom remain in custody, according to the two groups' statements - detained on Thursday at the Hisham Mubarak Law Center in Cairo.

[Update 3:00 a.m. in Cairo, 8:00 p.m. ET] Protesters in Iraq took to the streets again Friday, showing solidarity with popular demonstrators in Egypt that they say inspired them to publicly voice concerns about their own government.

[Update 2:45 a.m. in Cairo, 7:45 p.m. ET] The Egyptian government viewed U.S. President Barack Obama's statement Friday as very "positive," according to an official under Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, saying that it "clarified innuendos" that had left a lot of ambiguity as to how the White House sees events in Egypt. The Egyptian official said the remarks about Mubarak's objectives create a better atmosphere for a transition.

[Update 2:18 a.m. in Cairo, 7:17 p.m. ET] iReporter and bookstore manager Dax Bennett Roque took these pictures at today's "Day of Depature" rally in Cairo's Tahrir Square, capturing the protest calling for President Hosni Mubarak's resignation from various angles.

[Update 2:00 a.m. in Cairo, 7:00 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama condemned the attacks on journalists in Egypt Friday amid mounting criticism that President Hosni Mubarark is orchestrating the violence to suppress international coverage of bloodshed by pro-government operatives against peaceful protesters.

"We continue to be crystal clear that we oppose violence as a response to this crisis," Obama said. "We are sending a strong, unequivocal message: Attacks on reporters are unacceptable. Attacks on human rights activists are unacceptable. Attacks on peaceful protesters are unacceptable."

[Update 1:00 a.m. in Cairo, 6:00 p.m. ET] Protesters in the United States upset with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak gathered in New York City's Times Square Friday, demanding the embattled leader resign.

[Update 12:00 a.m. in Cairo, 5:00 p.m. ET] An Egyptian military spokesman said on state-run Nile TV that the curfew imposed across Cairo and beyond would extend from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily. This is a shorter span than had been imposed previously, with the curfew once going from 3 p.m. to 8 a.m. The government order has not appeared to keep anti-government demonstrators, as well as those favoring President Hosni Mubarak's regime, from hitting the streets.

[Update 10:52 p.m. in Cairo, 3:52 p.m. ET] A video circulating on YouTube shows what appears to be a white diplomatic van running over people in a crowd.

The video is dated the 28th of January and shows the van running over protestors in a street that appears to lead to Tahrir Square.

The U.S. State Department is very aware of the video and they are checking it out, says spokesman P.J. Crowley. He said it is possible it was a U.S. Embassy van stolen during the recent unrest.

[Update 10:25 p.m. in Cairo, 3:25 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama said the transition to a new government in Egypt "must begin now" in order to address the grievances of the Egyptian people. He also reiterated his opposition to the use of violence against protesters and members of the press.

Obama said it is his understanding that discussions between the government and the opposition have started. Negotiations must "include a broad represenation of the Egyptian opposition," he said. "The entire world is watching."

[Update 9:56 p.m. in Cairo, 2:56 p.m. ET] White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Friday the administration remains unsatisfied with the pace of change in Egypt. Change needs to begin in a "real and concrete and legitimate way," he told reporters.

[Update 9:48 p.m. in Cairo, 2:48 p.m. ET] Opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei told CNN Friday that he is willing to run for president "if people want" him to and if Egypt becomes a "democracy based on social justice." ElBaradei declined to elaborate when pressed on whether he planned to seek the presidency.

Catch more of the exclusive interview with Mohamed ElBaradei Friday night on "Parker Spitzer" at 8 ET.

[Update 8:48 p.m. in Cairo, 1:48 p.m. ET] The death toll from the violent clashes in Cairo's Tahrir Square has reached 11, Egypt's Health Ministry reported Friday. The ministry earlier said 916 people were injured during the clashes Wednesday.

[Update 8:18 p.m. in Cairo, 1:18 p.m. ET] Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq says compromises are key as the country pursues dialogue with opposition groups. Shafiq says opposition forces are helping Egypt "correct its path."

[Update 7:14 p.m. in Cairo, 12:14 p.m. ET] Authorities have no word on the whereabouts of three French journalists and a French researcher in Egypt, according to France's Foreign Ministry. The journalists work for Le Figaro newspaper and Magneto Presse, and the researcher is employed by Amnesty International, it said.

[Update 6:28 p.m. in Cairo, 11:28 a.m. ET] A security force accompanied by a "gang of thugs" stormed the office of the Muslim Brotherhood's news website Friday and arrested the journalists, technicians, and administrators who were present, the group said on its website. Eyewitnesses later saw those arrested taken to the headquarters of the nearby Interior Ministry, the group said.

[Update 6:02 p.m. in Cairo, 11:02 a.m. ET] Eyewitnesses tell CNN correspondent Ivan Watson that pro and anti-Mubarak protesters are fighting running battles close to Talaat Harb Square, one-third of a mile (0.5 kilometer) from Tahrir Square. CNN has not independently confirmed the report.

[Update 5:29 p.m. in Cairo, 10:25 a.m. ET] Contrasting tweets sent one minute apart by two CNN correspondents in Cairo:

Arwa Damon: Outside of square situ very tense, we has 2 B very subtle 2 film, small pro-mubarak grps gathering. "Life" at near standstill

Ben Wedeman: Stuck in friendly crowd of 500 waiting to get in to tahrir

[Update 5:25 p.m. in Cairo, 10:25 a.m. ET] Tens of thousands of Egyptians protesting in Cairo's Tahrir Square cheered an announcement on state television Friday that the public prosecutor had frozen the assets of the country's trade minister and imposed a travel ban on him.

[Update 5 p.m. in Cairo, 10 a.m. ET] A communique from the European Council, a conference of the leaders of 27 countries, called on Egyptian authorities "to meet the aspirations of the Egyptian people with political reform, not repression." "All parties should show restraint and avoid further violence and begin an orderly transition to a broad-based government," the communique read. "The European Council underlined that this transition process must start now."

[Update 4:22 p.m. in Cairo, 9:22 a.m. ET] About 5,000 people have been injured since the unrest in Egypt began, Egypt's health minister told the Al-Arabiya network on Friday.

[Update 4:08 p.m. in Cairo, 9:08 a.m. ET] Egypt's health minister told state TV Friday he plans to go to Cairo's Tahrir Square, check on the huge crowd and coordinate efforts with the country's military.

[Update 3:37 p.m. in Cairo, 8:37 a.m. ET] Navi Pillay, the U.N. human rights chief, said on Friday there must be a "transparent and impartial" probe into whether the violence in Egypt was planned.

[Update 3:16 p.m. in Cairo, 8:16 a.m. ET] About 35,000 people have taken to the streets Friday in the Egyptian city of Suez, a spokesman for opposition leader Ayman Nour told CNN.

A rocket-propelled grenade was fired at state security headquarters in the Egyptian Sinai town of El Arish, a government official told CNN Friday. The official, who asked not to be named because he is not authorized to speak about the incident, said the strike caused a fire but there were no casualties.

[Update 3:02 p.m. in Cairo, 8:02 a.m. ET] The spokesman for Al-Azhar University, the prestigious center for Sunni Muslim education in Cairo, told CNN Friday he has resigned from his position and joined the anti-government protesters in Tahrir Square.

[Update 2:53 p.m. in Cairo, 7:53 a.m. ET] Amre Moussa, the Arab League's secretary-general and a veteran Egyptian diplomat, joined protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday, state-run Nile TV reported. Time magazine has described him as "perhaps the most adored public servant in the Arab world."

[Update 2:45 p.m. in Cairo, 7:45 a.m. ET] Alan Fisher, an Al-Jazeera correspondent, sent a Twitter message saying "thugs" had stormed and trashed the network's Arabic office in Cairo.

British Prime Minister David Cameron says the Egyptian government has failed to meet the "aspirations" of its people for a "credible" transition, the BBC reports via Twitter.

[Update 1:44 p.m. in Cairo, 6:44 a.m. ET] The U.S. State Department says it has no evacuation flights from Egypt planned for Friday.

[Update 12:49 p.m. Friday in Cairo, 5:49 a.m. Friday ET] More protesters gathered Friday at a mosque in central Alexandria, Egypt's second-largest city. Writings on the walls leading to the mosque include "Pharaoh's last day," "leave us alone old man" and "game over."

The streets leading to the Al Kaed Ibrahim mosque were packed as a sermon began for midday prayers.

Pro-Mubarak groups were notably absent from Tahrir Square, where they clashed with anti-government protesters earlier this week.

Pro-government supporters are gathering at a mosque in Cairo for a "day of loyalty." Anti-government demonstrators are calling Friday for a "day of departure" and "day of farewell."

[Update 11:55 a.m. Friday in Cairo, 4:55 a.m. Friday ET] Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei said Friday that the uprising in Egypt is a blow to U.S. policies in the region, Iran's state media reported. "The people of Egypt, if they are able to push this through, this will be a defeat for the U.S.," he said.

[Update 11:10 a.m. Friday in Cairo, 4:10 a.m. Friday ET] Anti-government protesters beat drums, played music and chanted slogans at Tahrir Square, which has become ground zero for demonstrators demanding an end to Mubarak's three decades in power.

Military forces freed 18 journalists "captured by thugs and took them to a safe place," state media reported.

Egypt's defense minister is on his way to the square with some senior military officials, state media reported.

[Update 10:00 a.m. Friday in Cairo, 3:00 a.m. Friday ET] The Egyptian government's official figures on the number of people injured in unrest has climbed to 896, the country's health minister told state media. Eight people have been killed, he said.

[Update 9:17 a.m. Friday in Cairo, 2:17 a.m. Friday ET] Demonstrators had stacked piles of rocks Friday throughout Cairo's Tahrir Square, where a large number of people had already gathered by 9 a.m. (2 a.m. ET). Troops surrounded the area, and anti-government protesters manned their own security checkpoints. Anti-government demonstrators have dubbed Friday "Day of Farewell" and "Day of Departure" and planned large protests that they hope will prompt Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down.

[Update 6:56 a.m. Friday in Cairo, 11:56 p.m. Thursday ET] Egyptian authorities had stepped up security around Cairo's Tahrir Square early Friday morning, with additional troops in riot gear carrying automatic weapons and blocking the nearby October 6 bridge, CNN's Thomas Evans reported.

Troops have detained some people leaving the square, pointing guns at them and forcing them to lay on the ground.

Anti-government demonstrators have dubbed Friday "Day of Farewell" and "Day of Departure" and planned large protests that they hope will prompt President Hosni Mubarak to step down.

[Update 4:50 a.m. in Cairo, 9:50 p.m. ET] National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said Thursday night that U.S. officials have discussed with Egyptian officials "a variety of different ways" in which a new government could take shape. But Vietor stressed "all of those decisions must be made by the Egyptian people."

Also, a senior official in U.S. President Barack Obama's administration knocked down a New York Times report that the Egyptians and Americans were near consensus on a specific proposal.

[Update 4:47 a.m. in Cairo, 9:47 p.m. ET] Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman says blame for some of the unrest in Egypt goes to the media.

"I actually blame certain friendly nations who have television channels, they are not friendly at all, who have intensified the youth against the nation and the state," Suleiman told state-run Nile TV. "They are actually continuing. They have filled in the minds of the youth with wrongdoings, with allegations, and this is unacceptable."

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  1. putumare

    my heart goes to the egyptian ..
    it's like seeing power shift in jakarta 1998
    when we ousted the corrupt goverment of soeharto ad replace it with well... another corrupt goverment .
    man .. fighting corruption is really hard the best thing to do is make the government only have limited periods of ruling. That way there's a chance for you or your children to become one of the " corrupted " govt instead of having the same people for so long.

    February 4, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. John

    Islam, Christianity, Judaism, *___Fill in the blank,

    You all behave exactly the same way. All of you kill, lie, steal, corrupt, destroy, and hate everything and everyone around you. The secret to your continued enslavement is your own will and decisions. To find the source of the problem, look in the mirror. But never pass the buck. It all comes back to bankrupt you equally in the end.

    February 4, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • G

      It is Kingdom of Hell

      February 4, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tuy can

    Democracy has a price and voices from all sides should be heard .; otherwise , the world will be in trouble !

    February 4, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. NedNews1

    Cairo
    A Police Van running over people! -- Mubarak leave the Country

    http://www.youtube.com/user/Nednews1

    February 4, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerry NY

      any conformation on who was driving the van??

      February 4, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mina dimetry

    In 1963 MArtin lute king led 250,000 people protesting injustice an 11 month later the civil rights act became reality. i am egyptian and so happy this is finally happening but let's be real, change will not happen over night. give the government a chance to implement the changes.

    February 4, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ChuckNoris

    Democracy is the problem for U.S./Zionists. U.S./Zionists never wanted democracy in the Middle East because any democratic process will produce a vastly unfavorable leadership for the U.S. and Zionists. They have paid Mubarak for decades to suppress any democratic movement. And now they say they would like to see a democratic change as long as people do not choose this movement or that movement that is not in U.S./Zionist interest. Don’t you hypocrites understand that you cannot place conditions on democracy based on U.S. domination and Zionist land occupation goals. Whatever the people choose that’s what they will have!!! And you know very well that virtually all Egyptians are against the Zionist regime, and against the U.S. as long as it supports the Zionist regime.

    Also, there are no pro-Mubarak protesters, only U.S./Zionist paid (through Mubarak) or coerced few in an attempt to portray the picture of divided Egyptians. And look at all the U.S./Zionist media being all over it with a few nicely angled photos making several tens of “pro-Mubarak” U.S./Zionist paid “protesters” look like there are hundreds or thousands of them. It is disgusting to what extent do U.S./Zionists go to control other countries for their interests. I hope that people of Egypt will not accept anything less than a revolution in leadership, and unconditional removal of Mubarak and all his bribed accomplices. Anything else would give U.S./Zionists enough time to find and bribe another one like Mubarak by September.

    February 4, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ChuckNoris

    ZZZ Democracy is the problem for U.S./Zionists ZZZ. U.S./Zionists never wanted democracy in the Middle East because any democratic process will produce a vastly unfavorable leadership for the U.S. and Zionists. They have paid Mubarak for decades to suppress any democratic movement. And now they say they would like to see a democratic change as long as people do not choose this movement or that movement that is not in U.S./Zionist interest. Don’t you hypocrites understand that you cannot place conditions on democracy based on U.S. domination and Zionist land occupation goals. Whatever the people choose that’s what they will have!!! And you know very well that virtually all Egyptians are against the Zionist regime, and against the U.S. as long as it supports the Zionist regime.

    Also, there are no pro-Mubarak protesters, only U.S./Zionist paid (through Mubarak) or coerced few in an attempt to portray the picture of divided Egyptians. And look at all the U.S./Zionist media being all over it with a few nicely angled photos making several tens of “pro-Mubarak” U.S./Zionist paid “protesters” look like there are hundreds or thousands of them. It is disgusting to what extent do U.S./Zionists go to control other countries for their interests. I hope that people of Egypt will not accept anything less than a revolution in leadership, and unconditional removal of Mubarak and all his bribed accomplices. Anything else would give U.S./Zionists enough time to find and bribe another one like Mubarak by September ...

    February 4, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Alfredo

    Let's loose this religious nonsense and think individually as humans. Relying on books of fiction to control your every movement is a waste of time. Keep Egypt secular or else another Ayatollah will control your brain.

    February 4, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mina

    nada, ur full of p.s

    February 4, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. SuperLogic

    No Dude, Even AMERICA does not want your Muslim Views to Interfere with Governance. That is what you Middle Eastern People need to Learn. Religion and Government doesn't Mix. No. The Egyptian People should not want you to Run for President. Egypt needs Younger more Vibrant Leaders to Step up. Out with the OLD and in with the New.

    February 4, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. George

    Why is Fox News ignoring this story on Egypt? I was channel surfing earlier and they had their usual garbage on. Don't they realize this might be THE most important geopolitical event in this century? Why are they keeping their head in the sand? They were covering stupid pet tricks on their morning show??? I wonder if they all got a memo to ignore covering this... Instead of talking about the real issues in Egypt, that idiot Sean Hannity had some light weight Moslem dude on his show the other night. This dude was the moslem's version of Joe the Plumber. Imagine Joe the Plumber being interviewed in Egyptian TV on US policies.

    February 4, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MAS4CHANGE

    Do not invest a cent in a drug company! Begin the revolt that needs to come by bringing down the drug companies! Pfizer, Novartis, and all the rest!

    February 4, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Greg

    Why the focus on Egypt and no coverage on the whole US State of New Mexico declaring a state of emergency because of Obama's energy policy. Below zero temps and no natural gas because of Obama, yet no coverage by the media. They even have a hispanic woman Govenor. Oh thats right, she is the wrong type of woman for the media, she is a Republican. So let them freeze to death because they elected a Republican. CNN covers the 11 deaths in Egypt but not the deaths caused by the cold and the lack of Natural Gas in the South West caused by Obama's Energy policy.

    February 4, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dalia

    I am Egyptian , and I want President Moubarak , and America is wrong we dont want this Baradei

    February 4, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Diane

    I think the US should put its nose where it belongs. The US interfered into Iraq and look at it. I love Mubarak and he is well respected from millions of people. He deserves respect and dignity, The people who are rebelling or protesting probably being paid by Iran or Bin Laden's followers. I was in tears and grief when I saw what is happening from looting and destruction. These are not Egyptians. These are terrorists! If these protesters have no respect for our present President , they will have no respect for any other president.
    Concerning to what is happening to the reporters they deserve it .Because they were fabricating stories and they were opportunists. The Media judged Mubarak mercilessly. They executed him before the world without any evidence on the paper. May God bless Mubarak! May God keep him safe and May God never succeed the evil hand in all this diruption of Peace! If Mubarak is gone consider the future of Egypt is gone too. Consider all his hard work and preserving Egypt is gone too. Consider that there be in the region. Consider every terrorist will invade it and use as a base.
    Wake up people and think smartly with your brain not with your mouth!

    February 4, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
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