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. artistchd

    WORRY ABOUT POLLUTED USA: YES CK-NWCA vehemently proclaims that, BIG BROTHER has to step in and control people who have fail to control themselves. We’s & Us’s are sick-tired-fed up with being forced to breath in second hand smoke here in the beautiful tourist City of San Antonio, Texas too!!! It must also be mandatory fines and even jail time for those filthy-stinking citizens who want to smoke in apartment buildings polluting and contaminating other non-smokers-tenants like myself who appreciate having divine health and a clean living environment. The Metro bus stops should be a banned place of toxic cigarette smoker to puff and pull on the dope sticks. The public buildings-libraries ought to ban the bandits away from the exist and entrance doors with their poisonous smoke bombs. Restrict their insensitive self-centered rear ends to the ends of the world. Good Riddance! Period. HONOR KING BARACK!!!

    February 4, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Robert Mancini

    I sincerely believe that Barak Obaam shoudl worry aboutr his own conubntry and not what Egyot should be doing. If he keeps looking to foreign nations to avert his internal problems, it will not be long before he is preciding over a his own Egypt..

    February 4, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Riley

    NO WAY WILL EGYPTIANS ELECT THAT NUTJOB!!!

    February 4, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ethan

    isnt this what all its about – someone wants to be the president.

    February 4, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Milenkovic

    @me is a total moron. Probably Israeli, whose Rabbi told him that all non-Jews are just cattle.

    February 4, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pavarti Wasatch

    All the cops in the donut shop say
    Ay oh whey oh, ay oh whey oh
    Walk like an Egyptian
    Walk like an Egyptian

    February 4, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paulie

      So basically if a half a million people riot in Washington DC and say we want Obama to leave office he wont wait until November 2012? What are we waiting for??? Does that sound like democracy to you?

      February 4, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • mollyd

      I can't believe that is never a mention of the absence of women during these protests........scary

      February 4, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • 0BAMA illuminati traitor

      The riots in Egypt organized by Obama, Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood
      Mohamed Mustafa ElBaradei the Iranian traitor , the Muslim Brotherhood and Iran want to rule Egypt.

      They want Repression of women, prohibition of education, high unemployment, radical Islam as Iran, Somalia and Afghanistan under Taliban rule...

      As James Earl Carter supported Iranian Islamic Revolution of 1979, so does today Barack Hussein Obama II... SINCE 1979 USA HELP IRAN TO TAKE CONTROL IN Middle East !

      What is the condition in Iran 1979 before the islamic Revolution and today in:

      Human rights ?
      oppression of women ?
      freedom of expression ?

      Today if woman Wearing Jeans or Without a head covering in Iran she will be Punished...!

      All the Opposition parties in Egypt Agreed to the government's changes and for new elections this year Except the Muslim Brotherhood !

      After some months the Islamic extremists will take the POWER and people will be in worst situation then before...

      Do the people in Iran, Somalia, Afghanistan want the Extremists to rule ?

      February 5, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  7. abdullah

    Most of the comments here are irrelevant. The issue is the dictator Mubarak. The number one demand of the Egyptian people is for Mubarak to step down and leave Egypt. That demand on the part of the Egyptian people is non negotiable. Until that happens there can be no negotiation. Until that happens, Egypt will remain in chaos. The demonstrators are not going away. They will die, and have died for that one demand.

    The Egyptian people's hate for Mubarak is visceral. Mubarak is too out of touch with the Egyptian people to know how the Egyptian people really felt about him all these years.

    The anit-Mubarak prrotestors are made up of people of all ages, all economic status, educated, young, middle age, old, male, female, muslim, coptic – not just the young. It is a real peoples' movement cutting across all groups of people.

    Mubarak says there will be chaos if he leaves. There is chaos now with Mubarak in the presidential palace. Mubarak is contributing to chaos by rermaining in office. Mubarak must leave now for the sake of the Egyptian people.

    February 4, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Come undone

      But isn't telling him to immediately step down and GTFO undemocratic? his term ends in sept right?

      February 4, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • EgyCitizen

      What if the president Mubarak didn't step down – and he will not – , Will you still in Tahrir Square and leave the country in that chaos?

      February 4, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • EgyCitizen

      Tell me, why didn't you be patient until your president (Mubarak) finish his term? At this time you and other Egyptians can elect a new president? It is not a long period of time, It is only 200 days or less, Please, be patient and don't be very aggressive because this is not Islam.

      February 4, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • john Horan

      In the final Analysis, the talking heads of all of our News are taking this too far: We are not the International Police, Egypt & Egypt's people are taking into thier own hands what has to happen, but the President cannot tell the goverment of Egypt what should take place, nor should Fox News, CNN ask or demand what the President of the USA should be said and although we should follow-up on the news, The News continously try to talk about what the President of the USA should do, who the heck voted the news talking heads into my spokesman as a citizen of the USA. Enough is enough report; quite analyzing honestly your anaysis is self promoting and is self promoting.

      February 4, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • sophistocat

      ok adullah but what about that MONKEY chattering UNACCEPTABLE ....COLLATERAL MURDER is unacceptable to the FREE WORLD ....see it and give the monkey a banana while he plays with his lectric cahhs

      February 4, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • me

      too many people died already. they need some designation that this is the interim period (now to sept). they are on autopilot until sept. mubarak already said that he would go.agree that they are way too out of touch with the actual humans. we have that here too.

      February 5, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Srini

    Could someone from CNN ask El Baradei ..why he is not standing there with the protestors at Tahrir circle but using his time to give interviews to foreign news channels..

    February 4, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jerry

    Why does Obama urge an important ally in Mubarak to steep down after unrest but when unrest broke out in Iran after the rigged election, he gave the Iranian people no such support? In fact he said nothing. Looks like he supports radical Islamists.

    February 4, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • sophistocat

      you living in de woods ? see the Persian/iran overthrow in 1950 cia /USA instigated and financed (code was TP-AJAX ) USA started this ..SUEZ Canal ...is the objective ...USA has the NEW REGIME lined up sonny boy ...see COLLATERAL MURDER open your eyes ....and stop reading what they PRINT 4 YOU ...little brainwashed sheep

      February 4, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. sal

    Mr. Mubarak..if you were working for a company for 31 years they would have gave a gold watch and forced you to retire.
    if you own people don't want you it's time to leave and rent the house next to Ben Ali.

    February 4, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Steve

    As Egypt, a faithful ally to the USA throughout America's meddling in the Middle Eastern Affairs, we again abandon a former ally (just like we did in Afghanistan after we didn't need Osama). Hopefully the results don't turn out the same... resentment of the U.S.A. (rightfully so). I only have a B.A. in History, but I do remember my current events and world affairs classes, too bad our politicians forgot!

    February 4, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. NedNews1

    News from Cairo
    A Police Van running over people! -

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

    February 4, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • sophistocat

      shocking huh ? see Collateral Murder ...it's even more Gruesome ..USA murdering News Media and children and hey they EVEN EXPLAIN FOR YOU ....some independent thinkers find this UNACCEPTABLE... like the monkey chattered today about EGYPT....buy his lectric cahh and give him a nana...nice monkey

      February 4, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. AmericanBoy

    @egyptgirl: You kinda type like your hot. ;)

    February 4, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chc

    obama, has a lot of nerve telling the Egptian pres to listen to the people when he would not listen to the American people

    February 4, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • termlimitsusa

      You are so right. We have folks in congress that are just a guilty of holding an office for 30 years. What do we call them to do? They are not efective anymore- don't they need to step down too. Let's start the conversation on term limits here in the USA, before we tell another country's leader how to run his country.

      February 4, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • sophistocat

      the little Monkey is a Pacifier for the people ...he does what he is told by the WAR Machine and the $$ they Make ....see JFK ...and see COLLATERAL MURDER ....they even tell you what you see ...LOL bahh bahh sheep ..PS Black History Month ....see DRED SCOTT ...1857 the real Start of Evolution ...Supreme Court Mistakes and ALL..can't read that in history books ...NOT SPOSED @ KNOW..or Kent state ...student killed by USA_NG for demonstrating against the war ,,Collateral Murder ..not sposed 2 no...

      February 4, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jnn

    Obama telling Mubarak to "listen to his people?" You've got to be kidding! As if Obama "listened to his people" during the health care debate. Obama's arrogant deaf ear to the majority of "his people" enraged the citizenry and was the reason so many disenfranchised persons turned town hall meetings into shouting matches as "the people" raised voices and fists to be heard. Come on "O," get real. Much more of "O" and we'll have citizens taking to the streets like they have in Cairo.

    February 4, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • sophistocat

      see COLLATERAL MURDER ....and get back here .....look into the 1950 overthrow of IRAN ...CIA USA financed manipulated .(OIL was motive)..the free world knows that ..(code name was TP-AJAX) used sisters of shah read it good stuff ..this CHITT here (SUEZ CANAL is de Motive duhh)

      February 4, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
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