Tahrir Square a day after a revolution
February 12th, 2011
06:40 PM ET

Egypt: U.S. military officials meet with Middle East counterparts

Tens of thousands of demonstrators have rallied since January 25 on the streets of Egypt's major cities, calling for economic reforms, railing against corruption and demanding an end to President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule. After daily street demonstrations, Mubarak decided to step down from the presidency of Egypt on February 11 and assigned the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to run the affairs of the country. Check out our full coverage and the latest tweets from CNN correspondents on the ground.

Developments, as confirmed by CNN, on the revolution in Egypt:

[Update 1:40 a.m. in Cairo, 6:40 p.m. ET] Egyptians on Saturday cleared burned cars, garbage and debris that accumulated over 18 days at Tahrir Square, a sign that Cairo and the rest of the country were beginning to get back to work while wondering what government comes next after the revolution.

A day after President Hosni Mubarak stepped down, employees and businesses readied themselves for Sunday, the traditional start of the work week. The country's stock market is expected to reopen Wednesday.

Volunteers repainted black and white striped street curbs around a monument by the Egyptian Museum, which had been on the front line in street battles between Mubarak's foes and supporters.

[Update 12:08 a.m. in Cairo, 5:08 p.m. ET] U.S. President Barack Obama spoke by phone Saturday with the leaders of Britain, Jordan and Turkey to discuss developments in Egypt. He also welcomed the Egyptian military's announcement that it is committed to a democratic transition and will honor Egypt's international obligations, the White House said.

[Update 10:15 p.m. in Cairo, 3:15 p.m. ET] Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak spoke to his Egyptian counterpart Mohammed Hussein Tantawi on the phone Saturday, according to a ministry spokesman. No other details were available.

[Update 8:45 p.m. in Cairo, 1:45 p.m. ET] Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, plans to visit key Mideast allies Israel and Jordan this weekend, a Pentagon official told CNN on Saturday.

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates spoke with Egyptian Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi on Saturday, the sixth phone conversation with the minister since the situation began.

[Update 7:42 p.m. in Cairo, 12:42 ET] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the Egyptian military's intention to honor its peace treaty with Israel and said the agreement "is the cornerstone for peace and stability in the entire Middle East."

– Saudi Arabia's government said on Saturday it "welcomes the peaceful transition of power in Egypt," the official Saudi news agency reported.

– Military forces in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Saturday detained three people for allegedly harassing others, though those individuals are expected to be released later, CNN's Frederik Pleitgen reported.

– Egypt's military urged the population to help bolster the country's economic condition, a sector that has been paralyzed in recent weeks by the country's unrest.

– The military urged residents to cooperate with the country's police forces, a reference to the animosity protesters had toward police that helped fuel the Egyptian uprising.

– Before a new Cabinet is formed, the Egyptian military called on people and the government to support the caretaker government.

– Egypt state television, citing a judicial source, reported that the country's former prime minister and former information and interior ministers were banned from traveling abroad due to a lawsuit filed against them.

Update 4:51 p.m. in Cairo, 9:51 a.m. ET] The head of the Egyptian stock market, Khaled Serry Seyam, said trading will resume Wednesday, February 16, Egyptian state TV reported Saturday.

[Update 4:43 p.m. in Cairo, 9:43 a.m. ET] Demonstrators brought into Tahrir Square a large marble statue whose purpose appeared to be to honor those killed in the unrest of the past 18 days.

[Update 3:13 p.m. in Cairo, 8:13 a.m. ET] The Egyptian military called on people and the government to support the caretaker government before a new Cabinet is formed. The military government also said it will honor all international agreements, which would include Egypt's peace treaty with Israel.

[Update 3:06 p.m. in Cairo, 8:06 a.m. ET] A large number of soldiers entered Tahrir Square on foot and began clearing protesters' barricades and taking up positions. Demonstrators cheered the soldiers and patted them on the back as they ran by, and one soldier was hoisted onto protesters' shoulders. Protesters and soldiers worked together to clear debris and load it into dump trucks.

[Update 11:03 a.m. in Cairo, 4:03 a.m. ET] State-run newspapers - which frequently ran the line of Mubarak's government - published headlines such as "The people have brought down the regime" on Saturday.

Many gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Saturday morning said they had stayed overnight amid the celebratory atmosphere. Many said they were happy with the military council taking over. Others said they would stay in the square until they get more concessions - such as the freeing of political prisoners. And some people said they would continue to protest "until Egypt is ruled by a civil government - not a military one."

[Update 10:10 a.m. in Cairo, 3:10 a.m. ET] Clean-up efforts began in the area in and around Cairo's Tahrir Square Saturday morning. Crews towed away burned cars that had been used as barricades and collected garbage.

Some people who spent the night in the square said they would continue to protest "until Egypt is ruled by a civil government, not a military one." Others waved Egyptian flags and painted images of the flag on their faces.

[Update 8:55 a.m. in Cairo, 1:55 a.m. ET] In a statement released late Friday, the Tunisian foreign ministry expressed "total satisfaction" over the announcement of Mubarak's resignation, the Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP) news agency reported.

Wael Ghonim, the Egyptian activist whose Facebook page is credited with triggering the uprising, wrote on his Twitter feed early Saturday, "Dear Egyptians, Go back to your work on Sunday, work like never before and help Egypt become a developed country."

Ghonim, on leave from his job as a Google executive, earlier wrote urging people to try to raise 100 billion Egyptian pounds (17 billion U.S. dollars) "to rebuild Egypt."

Ghonim, who spent 10 days in custody after being seized by Egyptian security, also wrote, "Soon the ugly face of the regime will be supported by documents and evidence."

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  1. Barb

    My praise is for the LORD JESUS
    who came to set the captive free! Everyone should have freedom. May God bless the whole world. Also;
    Thanks Warface,& keep up the good blogs.

    February 13, 2011 at 4:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. what

    I hope these people are prepared that Having democracy does nothing to stop poverty,unemployment,high prices,and gov corruption,usa is a good example.

    February 13, 2011 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  3. what

    Education for dummies.Egypt and morocco is not part of the middle east, it is part of africa continent and their origins are black not arabs.arabs took over and middle east means look a world map in middle east and find the countries

    February 13, 2011 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. Laila

    Dear Mr President,
    I really respect you! u don't deserve all this, and you know very well that millions and millions of Egyptians Respect u.
    Even if we want the change, still we LOVE YOU SO MUCH.

    February 13, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. Muhammad

    All good sources from Allah alone directly and indirectly.

    February 13, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      jesus knows ninjitsu and could totally kick alahs butt..

      February 13, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Muhammad

    Alhamdolillah

    February 13, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar

    @Muhammad, Hey Camel head, what's up? I got a joke for you my raghead friend: There are two Arabs in a bar (fruit bar!) The first Arab takes out a picture of his kids and says, "My pride and joy." The second Arab takes out a picture of his kids and says, "My pride and joy." Then the first Arab says, "They blow up fast, don't they?" Get it? Hahahahahhhaah!!!

    February 13, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    @Muhammad, I'm a bit short on Arab jokes, so how about a Jewish joke??? .....Why did the Jewish family go to the sale?...Because the sign said cheap....... How do you start a Jewish marathon? Roll a quarter down the hill. Hahahahhahaah!!!!

    February 13, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mohamad

    Cesar your grandmother just called me and asked me if I could fukk her, I told her that first I have to ask Cesar, she then told me that she will pay me if I do her azz. Cesar as you know your fukkin grandmother is very digusting and smell like crap, if she wants me to fuk her you will have to clean her up, and please tell your mother not to call me, I'm not going to fuk her for free.

    February 14, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
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