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. scott

    obama needs to shut his fin mouth if we protested. in the USA he would have rolled tanks over us like those sob's did at ruby ridge and waco and philadelphia. Shut up mind yur USA busniss and get americans jobs you phony alledged Christian, your are a sleeper cell mooselim and you are not fooling real americans Mr Mubarak crush those criminals and don't let the mooslum brotherhood get hold of the real peaceful Egyptians don't trust the USA kick out the media and handle business like the kchinese did at the square

    February 4, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • sophistocat

      great SCOTT ..hey look up Dred Scott ...you may learn sumthinn ..

      February 4, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. scott

    kick out the media terriost like cnn and al jeezeer and roll over those terrorist with the US supplied tanks

    February 4, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • sophistocat

      hey what about the reds commies ohh where are they ? maybe invisible ? they hiding ? see how much USA spent on that CHITT....duhh ...the terrorists ...oh yeah you CAN SEE THEM in COLLATERAL MURDER .on u tube ..go see REAL MURDER n all ..ps you have to say that is POLITICAL CIVILITY ...ok ?? good lill sheep

      February 4, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. scott

    dr meyer I just can't think of one mooselim nation that cares about any one other than themselves

    February 4, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. nm

    please check out http://www.islamicsolutions.com/islam-gave-the-world-the-gift-of-liberty/

    February 4, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. NuckinFuts

    Yeah I'd like to see the retardicans and the dumbocrats call for democracy for the people when the angry masses here in America demand an end to the 2 party monopoly in Washington. My bets on the National Guard being called on to quell the "evil doers" or "those angry few anti american terrorists"

    February 4, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • sophistocat

      yuppers like KENT STATE .... and Collateral Murder ...hey you bet u loose ...go see N/f that iz fnN 4 sure

      February 4, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. AlexSD

    Obama is no better than Bush or Mubarak.

    February 4, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Nancy in CA

    Freeze his own and his family's assets.

    Mubarak's family wealth that was being systematically and illegitimately built exceeds $40 Billion.
    I am an Egyptian American. I can assure you that there is no legitimate private business in Egypt that can generate this amount of cash.

    Freezing their assets and returning it to the people of Egypt will result in:
    1- The corrupt regime's inability to pay their way further into Egypt.
    2- It's a huge gesture of good faith to the people of the Middle East and, consequently, a blow to AlQaeda and terrorism.
    3- We, Americans, don't wind up paying this money out of our own pockets!

    Freeze his assets.

    February 4, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. tuy can

    The Egyptian government needs to have Thai's experts to deal with the protests !

    February 4, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. fretboard

    What is happening with the ppl of Egypt, are they still being defiant and promoting a revolution? Keep on truckin'! I support you totally, power to the people!!

    February 4, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • sophistocat

      SADLY another USA deal going down ..like IRAN in 1950 CIA USA financed and backed for de oil ...we need de SUEZ CANAL ...got it !!..that 50's chitt look it up code word TP-Ajax ...nice story NICER than COLLATERAL MURDER...see that yet ? ..ps fret look up dred scott

      February 4, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rizwan Ahmed

    After knowing about Egypt's present condition ,one thing strikes my mind, happiness & sadness are two sides of a coin.
    the example is before us,Before becoming President Of Egypt,Mr.Mubarak may have to pass through a lot of hard days,he may be awair about it.During the period of Presidency ,he might enjoyed a lot of worldy happiness. Now today he( Mr. Mubarak) is struggling for his own existance. WHAT HAPPENS TOMORROW ONLY ' THE ALMIGHTY' KNOW.
    Abstract all,what happens on earth,is for the observers ( who are in the search of THE ONLY RIGHT PATH of success) to teach Them The lessons.
    At the end I shall like to request all my Brothers ( including Mr Mubarak) to learn the lesson What The Almighty want to teach us ( Before The Last Moment comes,When The Almighty will not accept our request).Brothers can take help by reading Few Sura of Al Quraan( Al shams,91, to Al nashra ,94, better to read details from The Translation by Hazrat Molana Mahmood ul Hassan)

    February 4, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • sophistocat

      problem there is brother ..Religion is a Major cause of WAR ...so keep it at home ...no one denies you that ...the MORAL Fiber of the USA needs something ...and religion is not the answer

      February 4, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. AnAmerican

    Why Cant we do this in the USA?

    February 4, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • sophistocat

      CAUSE we are bahh bahh SHEEP ..with no brain ...see COLLATERAL MURDER ...go ahead see on u tube or wikileaks ....then come back and say sumthinn

      February 4, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. abdullah

    The United States and member countries of the EU could freeze the 70 billion dollars that Mubarak and his family
    have stolen from the Egyptian people. If Mubarak does not step down immediately and leave Egypt, all of the Mubarak family assets around the world will be confiscated and frozen.

    As a condition of leaving, Mubarak should be sent to Saudia Arabia to live out his remaining days. Otherwise, all of Mubaarak and his wife's, children and other family members' assets will be frozen in America and all EU countries. That money, after all, belongs to the people of Egypt and the millions of Egyptians who live in poverty.

    If this kind of economic pressure is placed on Mubarak and his family, Mubarak will be on the next plane out of Egypt.

    February 4, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • sophistocat

      gosh just like Napoleon ....get real ..70 billion is chitt...USA wants better SUEZ CANAL connections sonny boy...there it is

      February 4, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John

    I recently viewed a video "Islam Found in the Bible" by Endtime Ministries-Irvin Baxter. This video was very informative and I find it amazing these things are in the Bible and were written over 2000 years ago. You can download this video from Endtime.com. I also viewed the True Christianity vs. False Christianity and this video grabbed my attention as well. If you have the time–hope you enjoy.

    February 4, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. John

    Islam is alive and well as you can see in all the news lately. God knew long ago this would be the case. The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse is where you can read more about this latest uprising. I recently viewed the video-"Islam Found in the Bible" by Endtime Ministries and was totally amazed at all the information Irvin Baxter teaches in this video. You must view this for a better understanding and can do so by going to Endtime.com. You can download or order the DVD's. You won't be disappointed.

    February 4, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jeff

    Obama shut up and dont cave to a bunch of people who are destroying the country. Just because a group becomes violent and starts to burn and kill does not give them the right to have a say and you are supporting the criminals in this matter stay out of it and fix america

    February 4, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
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