Egypt unrest: Mubarak at military center, Al Jazeera slams Egyptian government
Egyptian army tanks move along the Corniche Al Nile near the Information Ministry.
January 29th, 2011
06:03 PM ET

Egypt unrest: Mubarak at military center, Al Jazeera slams Egyptian government

Read full coverage of the unrest in Egypt updated continually by CNN reporters worldwide. Are you there? Send your photos and video to iReport.

Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Egypt's major cities on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, demanding an end to President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year-rule. Here are the latest developments as confirmed by CNN.

Sunday January 30, 2011:

[Update 3 p.m. Cairo, 8 a.m. ET] Turkey has sent two planes to Egypt to begin evacuating its citizens.

[Update 2:45 p.m. Cairo, 7:45 a.m. ET] State-run Nile TV reports that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is currently visiting an armed services operations center to follow up on the security situation and in show of support. State television also reporting that Egypt's military has arrested 450 people in various parts of Cairo.

Egypt's defense minister, Gen. Mohamad Tantawi, urged the public Sunday to obey the 4 p.m.-8 a.m. curfew (9 a.m.-1 a.m. ET) Tantawi's statement was carried by state television, and Tantawi was escorted to the network's headquarters by red-helmeted troops in a convoy of sport-utility vehcies. Tantawi is among the Cabinet ministers that Mubarak announced he was replacing over the weekend.

Also Sunday afternoon in Cairo, Al Jazeera "strongly denounces" the closure of its Cairo bureau by the Egyptian government, the news network said in a statement Sunday. Egypt's information ministry announced the shutdown of Al Jazeera in Egypt and the withdrawal of its media license to operate in the country, state-run Nile TV reported Sunday.

Saturday January 29, 2011:

[Update 1:50 a.m. Cairo, 6:50 p.m. ET] - Roughly 1,000 prisoners have escaped from Prison Demu in Fayoum, southwest of Cairo, state-run Nile TV reported early Sunday. The inmates are "on the streets causing chaos and families are scared," according to Nile TV.

[Update 1:33 a.m. Cairo, 6:33 p.m. ET] - Seventeen people have been shot to death by Egyptian police, according to Reuters.

Twelve people were killed trying to attack a police station in Beni Suef governorate, south of Cairo, Reuters reported. Another five people died in an attempted attack on a station in Nasr City, according to Reuters.

[Update 1:16 a.m. Cairo, 6:16 p.m. ET] - CNN's Ben Wedeman (#bencnn) tweeted that angry crowds dragged two looters to soldiers. The army is in control of the Egyptian Museum.

The Egyptian Museum hosts one of the most extensive collections of Egyptian artifacts in the world, including the treasures of Tutankhamun. In addition to jewelry, sculptures and artwork, the museum boasts the Royal Mummy Room, which features the remains of several pharaohs. The artifacts were discovered around the turn of the 20th century.

In Alexandria, CNN's Nic Robertson (#NicRobertsonCNN) tweeted that gangs of machete- and iron-bar-wielding youths are stalking the deserted streets of Alexandria despite a curfew.

[Update 12:53 a.m. Cairo, 5:53 p.m. ET] - In front of military tanks, people have gathered arm in arm outside the Egyptian Museum, protecting the famed building from looters.

[Update 10:47 p.m. Cairo, 3:47 p.m. ET] - CNN's Ben Wedeman (#bencnn) sent these tweets within the past 20 minutes:

  • Neighborhood protection groups wearing white armbands in Cairo. People getting organised to end chaos and looting.
  • NDP source says Omar Sulaiman VP appointment should be seen as first step for transfer of power.

[Update 9:40 p.m. Cairo, 2:40 p.m. ET] - National Security Adviser Tom Donilon on Saturday held a meeting with top officials to discuss the events in Egypt, White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said. Among the participants were Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Israeli politician Benjamin Ben Eliezer says Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak recently told him "this is not Beirut and not Tunis." In an interview with Israeli TV on Saturday, Eliezer said that Mubarak suggested that Egyptian authorities knew what was going on and had prepared the army in advance.

In Alexandria, the scene at hospitals was chaotic, CNN's Nic Robertson said in a message on Twitter. The facilities were short-staffed and injured protesters said they were not being treated quickly enough.

[Update 8:19 p.m. Cairo, 1:19 p.m. ET] Cairo residents have given accounts of lawlessness after police withdraw from the streets. There were reports of looting and residents appealing to authorities for protection.

  • CNN photojournalist Mary Rogers saw businesses looted in a downtown Cairo mall. She saw fast-food restaurants - KFC and Hardee's - smashed and looted. People were carrying items from the mall.
  • Journalist Ian Lee said vigilante groups in a middle-class Cairo neighborhood called Dohy were forming to protect personal property. He heard live fire, but saw no police presence. Soldiers were in the area but did not respond to the trouble, he said.
  • CNN's Fred Pleitgen tweeted: Illegal checkpoints popping up in Cairo. Just ran by a group of guys with guns and clubs.
  • From Alexandria, CNN's Nic Robertson tweeted: Without police, Alexandria residents fearful of looting, set up neighborhood watch, board shop windows.

[Update 7:05 p.m. Cairo, 12:05 p.m. ET] CNN's Ben Wedeman (#bencnn) sent this series of tweets within the past 20 minutes:

  • Came to office by Cairo metro today. People talking about Mubarak as president IN THE PAST TENSE. For most I spoke, Mubarak is gone.
  • Almost all police stations ransacked, arsenals looted. Suddenly weapons in the streets wielded by thugs. Where is the army?
  • Saw a truckload of riot police leaving Cairo this morning. they looked defeated and scared. people say "they should be"
  • Widely believed hated #Egypt police force playing part in the chaos and looting. they've abandoned their posts, in civilian clothes
  • In residential areas of Cairo people setting up barricades to protect their streets. Wielding clubs, knives fearing looters.
  • Man in Tahrir Square told me "We have fired Mubarak." It's clear from the streets that he's no longer wanted.

[Update 6:55 p.m. Cairo, 11:55 a.m. ET] At least 31 people have been killed in protests in Alexandria, Egypt, hospital authorities told CNN Saturday.

[Update 6:46 p.m. Cairo, 11:46 a.m. ET] Omar Suleiman, Egypt's newly appointed deputy president, "is someone that we know well and have worked closely with," State Department spokesman PJ Crowley told CNN on Saturday.

[Update 6:19 p.m. Cairo, 11:19 a.m. ET] Egyptian Army Chief of Staff Sami Annan was huddling Saturday with five of his deputies after returning to Egypt from Washington, a senior Egyptian military official told CNN. Annan and other top officials were attending high-level talks with Pentagon officials when this week's unrest broke out and those meetings were cut short Friday for the Egyptians to return to Cairo.

[Update 6:07 Cairo, 11:07 ET] Ahmed Shafik, a minister from the cabinet that resigned today, has been appointed to form a new government, state TV reported. Shafik is Egypt's former civil aviation minister.

[Update 5:45 p.m. Cairo, 10:45 a.m. ET] At least five people have died from gunshot wounds near the Egyptian Interior Ministry, according to a physician at a triage center in a Cairo mosque.

[Update 5:28 p.m. Cairo, 10:28 a.m. ET] Omar Suleiman, a former head of intelligence, has been appointed presidential deputy for Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, state TV reported.

[Update 5:19 p.m. Cairo, 10:19 a.m. ET] The Egyptian military is urging people "to stop the looting, chaos and the things that hurt Egypt. Protect the nation, protect Egypt, protect yourselves," according to state TV in Egypt.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Saturday, affirming his solidarity with Egypt, the official Palestinian news agency reported.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague urged Mubarak on Saturday to seize the moment and carry through with reforms in Egypt.

Egypt's ruling party has accepted the resignation of Ahmed Ezz, who was one of its senior leaders and a close confidant of Mubarak's son, according to state-run Nile TV.

The Egyptian military blocked protesters who were trying to enter a central bank building, Al Arabiya is reporting.

[Update 4:40 p.m. Cairo, 9:40 a.m ET] Police are firing on demonstrators at the Interior Ministry building in Cairo, journalist Ian Lee tells CNN. Lee said he was standing over a man who appeared to have been shot in the head.

[Update 4:12 p.m. Cairo, 9:12 a.m. ET] Midyear examinations have been delayed in all of Egypt's universities, state-run Nile TV reported on Saturday.

[Update 4:03 p.m. Cairo, 9:03 a.m. ET] Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of protesters remain in front of the Information Ministry building on Corniche Al Nile in Cairo despite arrival of curfew and presence of army tanks, CNN's Fred Pleitgen reports.

[Update 3:59 p.m. in Cairo, 8:59 ET] A tweet from Ashraf Khalil in Cairo: Was in Tahrir 10 minutes after Mubarak gave his speech. Protestors though[t] it was comical. They weren't even mad, just laughed it off.

[Update 3:39 p.m. Cairo, 8:39 ET] Delta Air Lines says its final flight out of Egypt has departed from Cairo and is scheduled to arrive at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport at 5:50 p.m. ET. "We have suspended flights out of Egypt indefinitely," Delta spokesman Paul Skrbec said. More information is available at Delta's website.

[Update 3:31 p.m. Cairo, 8:31 a.m. ET] Thirty-eight people have died in the unrest in Egypt, including 10 members of the security forces, the state-run Nile TV reported Saturday.

[Update 3:28 p.m. Cairo, 8:28 a.m. ET] The Iranian government urges Egypt to react peacefully to public demonstrations and respond constructively to demonstrators' demands, Iran's state-run Press TV reports.

"Iran expects Egyptian officials to listen to the voice of their Muslim people, respond to their rightful demands and refrain from exerting violence by security forces and police against an Islamic wave of awareness that has spread through the country in form of a popular movement," Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Saturday.

Tehran attaches great importance to the fulfillment of public demands in Egypt, he said.

"Iran regards demonstrations by the Muslim people of this country as a justice-seeking movement in line with their national-religious demands."

In 2009, the Iranian government carried out a bloody crackdown on political demonstrations following the suspicious landslide re-election victory of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

[Update 2:41 p.m. Cairo, 7:41 a.m. ET] The Egyptian cabinet has presented its resignation in response to President Hosni Mubarak's request in his speech Saturday, Egypt's state-run Nile TV is reporting.

[Update 2:31 p.m. Cairo, 7:31 a.m. ET] A nighttime curfew from 4 p.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Sunday local time has been imposed in the Egyptian cities of Cairo, Alexandria and Suez, state-run Nile TV reported.

[Update 2:25 p.m Cairo, 7:25 a.m. ET] Saudi Arabia's king told Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak that he stands with the Egyptian government. In the statement reported by the Saudi Press Agency, King Abdullah said in a Saturday phone call to Mubarak that he condemned people who have attempted "to destabilize the nation's security and stability."

[Update 2:11 p.m. Cairo, 7:11 a.m. ET] The Egyptian government has announced that the Egyptian stock market and all banks will be closed Sunday, which usually is a normal business day in the Middle East.

[Earlier] - Cell phone service was apparently restored Saturday morning, a day after the internet went dark in many parts of the country and some text messaging and cell phone services were apparently blocked amid calls for intensified protests.

- Police fired tear gas on protesters who were pushing toward the country's Interior Ministry in Cairo on Saturday.

- At least 2,000 protesters gathered in Raml Square in Alexandria on Saturday. There was no sign of police, and protests appeared peaceful. People chanted, "No for Mubarak and his dynasty."

- They also said, "The military and the people together will change the regime." Protesters smiled and shook hands with troops patrolling the area. One soldier cradled a baby and posed for a picture.

- Also on Saturday, Egyptian military tanks surrounded Cairo's Tahrir Square, where a crowd of hundreds of protesters continue growing. Demonstrators chanted, "Down with Mubarak" and "We are all Egyptians." The atmosphere was tense, but people gathered in the square were posing for pictures with tanks and shaking troops' hands.

- Tahrir Square, located near many government buildings in the heart of downtown Cairo, has been a focal point for protesters. Nearby, police fired tear gas on protesters who were pushing toward the country's Interior Ministry.

- Mubarak said in a speech Saturday morning that he asked the members of his government to resign so that he can form a new government, under his direction.

- The Egyptian leader, who has been president for 30 years, said, "We have to be careful of anything that would allow chaos." He said his primary goal was to protect Egypt's security, and he criticized looters and those who had set fires.

- Mubarak, 82, said that he heard from demonstrators who wanted more job opportunities and lower prices on key goods. According to a translation, he said, "I know all these things ... that the people are asking about it. I've never been separated from it, and I work for it every day."

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  1. Goatlick

    I wonder if the people of Iran take advantage and rise up against their evil regime!

    January 29, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • myklds

      @Goatlick...they wanted to but they don't have the balls.

      January 29, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Robert Williams

    US secretly backed Egyptian protest leaders #US #secretly #backed #Egyptian #protest #leaders #planned #two-face #policy

    January 29, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rob



    January 29, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Marcus

    Tomorrow will be worse.
    It is evening there and the men have gone home and armed themselves to protect their families and homes. Tormorrow morning they will still be armed and the police have run away. Tomorrow morning there will be thousands of very tired armed men very angry that their families were left in danger of harm. What do you think will happen then?

    January 29, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marcus

      actually it will be hundreds of thousands because now it will not just be the previous protestors but the average man with a family that is now angry and completely involved. The administration better set forth a plan and time table now or it will be a blood bath tomorrow.

      January 29, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. freedomthinker

    seeing how cnn is using this to shadow the problems we have here in america, i support the protest over there and think any enlighten individuals should use their born rights as human beings to overthrow those that suppress them. if that time has come here in american then it is time we see through the media and our equally corrupt govt and take a stand for the generations to come. the whole world is fed up with corrupt corporationans , military, and governments, taxing and re taxing us, monopolies in the consumer markets, inflation, no jobs. enough is enough.

    January 29, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Vincent

    Why doesn't CNN stop the sensationalism. Stop calling it Chaos and start calling it Revolt and Unrest. Frederika was just told by her guest to do the same, "Stop calling it Chaos and report it as Revolt and Unrest," but the caption still says "Choas". And what's with that silly smile when reporting serious matters of life and death? CALL IT REVOLT- NOT CHAOS!

    January 29, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Charles Robb

    Please ask the US Egyptians and those interviewed in Egypt, their intentions as to Christians, Jews and any non- Muslim? We all are aware of how the Coptics are treated in Egypt.

    January 29, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • online

      January 29, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • online

      the problem is that the weak US stand is not going to help, US is going to lose creditability even more.
      Egyptians are trying to get democracy and Mubarak is using US arms!
      which mean if later on we try to help balance things as US have a longer experience in democracy we want be trusted.

      I worry if we let Egyptian go over exhausted then maybe only the religious party would still be standing

      January 29, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Zico hassanin

    This revaluation is about Egypt and the Egyptian against the tyrant Mubarak, not about Israel , American , and Islam and extremest,

    January 29, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      actually it about standing with the egyptian ppl to make sure all of us are free not just some of us

      January 29, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • FL Gyant

      You have a very limited view of the world. Its an American I support the demonstrations as I completely believe in human rights and our own fundamental values. We want to export those values as best as we can, however, not at the expense of another despotic ruler or theocracy. We know all to well want happened with IRAN.

      January 29, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sarah

    When America going to stop destroying other countries?

    January 29, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      yes i see your talking about the 1.3 $ we send over there and that's why i think we should stop till Mubarak steps down

      January 29, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • FL Gyant

      Sarah sometimes we have to deal with despots. That is the reality. We have a big economy that has to be sustained through our energy policy. We have to conduct a pragmatic policy as it relates to despotic leaders. As much as we want to promote our ideals (freedome of speech, press, assembly) we have to create relationships with these types as they are all over the world. It would be foolish to go into a shell.

      January 29, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. FL Gyant

    I hear that the Egyptian Palestine border is open. Hamas members are in line with the Muslim Brotherhood. Mubarak is playing with fire. Allowing this chaos can open up alot more. I am sure Israel is keeping an eye open.

    January 29, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. FL Gyant

    We do have an American interest in this...we have to deal with SOB leaders. Its unfortunate...but to protect our American interest sometimes we need to shake hands with those we do not like. After all we are not inviting these people to our homes.

    January 29, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sarah

    It's not enough for America to have Holocaust in Irag & Afghanistan that now it's going after Egypt. Fear God before it's too late!!!

    January 29, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Vivian

    I would like to draw attention to the language used by President Ahmadinajad to President Mubarack in Egypt..urging that President Mubarack to listen to the MUSLIMS in Egypt, and to obey the MUSLIM masses and step down om the government. Why is the Arab World ignoring the presence of Christians in Egypt...especially, when talking about forming anew government.The extremists are those who protesting in Egypt, pushing to overthrow Mubarack to replace him with a Muslim extremist regime, an El Baradey would be the perfect figure of a Muslim extremist who claims to be a western political figure...please look behind the line and analyze where he was during the protests,who is he trying to appeal to...he was in Mosques giving speeches and causing an uproar....instead he should be been in public sharing his view in public with both Christians and Muslims in Egypt. If there should be any Muslim fanatic/extremist government to be formed,then in my own opinion, it will cause utter chaos and all the Arab world would be just another breeding ground for terrorism,only now openly.

    January 29, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • ROB

      Vivian, the country is 90% muslim! 90%! they are the majority by a long shot. that means out of every 100 people there is one christian. the muslims should decide what the govt should be. just as in the u.s.a which is about 80% christian everything is geared toward christians. please tell me you are not so dumb you don't understand

      January 30, 2011 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  14. Mary

    what about ASEF BAYAT for president of EGYPT sounds good to me , check out his bio

    January 29, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Moroccan American

    Mubarak's strategy to stay in power: Pull the police out of the streets and order them to go undercover in civilian clothing. Cut the thugs loose in the street and empower them along with the under cover police to lute and terrorize the cities. Plant fear and turn the citizens of Egypt against each others thus shifting focus from protesting to protecting their homes and families. While the country goes to internal chaos, fire the entire government and put the head of the intelligence in-charge just in time to intervene when people start to cry for protection from Mubarak after being unable to protect them selves. All of this in happening right now live in- front of our eyes and what is the world doing to uphold human rights and democracy? Nothing... My prayers and thoughts are with the egyptian people tonight as many continue to stand tall, upholding their basic needs of a decent life and dignity.

    January 29, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      well said , yes i agree i see the same stratgy

      January 29, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
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