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. christina

    Landline isnt working either

    January 29, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mahamid abdu

    Hot dogs! Hot dog! I mail to you from new jersy 1800-eat-came Free mail to Egypt

    January 29, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dan

    Power to the PEOPLE

    January 29, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Danny

      That's right!

      January 29, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sherif Aziz

    The CNN should use their political guests more carefully, the Don Lemon guest Michel Youssef is out of touch of the real sentiment of what's going on in Egypt. This is absolutely the wrong person to give an accurate evaluation for what's going on.

    This guy is obviously a proponent of Mubara, he even called him a hero. This is outrageous. Please remove him off th air and get somebody more credible. Pleaaaaaaase report accurately.


    Sherif Aziz

    January 29, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • GuerreroDeAmor

      Maybe this post/comment will be deleted just like all of the rest of my comments tonight. lol. cnn – what a joke.

      and sherif – asking cnn to not only promote but solely promote the agenda of the elite that they have used mubarak for by utilizing this ridiculous nightmares of misinformation and propaganda like Michael Yusuf, is like asking mubarak to reform his govt and be a good leader to his people. lol.

      January 30, 2011 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. blahh

    "you say you want a revolution?" thanks tunisa...

    January 29, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Burgermeister Meisterburger

    Wooo Hooo PARTYYYYYYYY! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    January 29, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Haitian_REvolution1

    FREE EGYPT. That United States back government is corrupt, EVERY government the U.S. supports is corrupt. Down with Washington's backed governments worldwide.

    January 29, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • conoclast

      Down with Washington! Down with taxes! Down with up!

      January 29, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matthew

      Up with people!

      January 29, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Charlie

    Well thank goodness there's a big ocean between Egypt and the US.

    January 29, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. DemocratPuppetMaster

    Ahahaha!! Dance to my tune Dan! Believe me you're just as sad as those tea party nuts.

    January 29, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dave

    The Islamacist regime is sitting back & waiting for their opportunity to move in & take over..... it will be Sharia Law before long.....way to go dipschits.

    January 29, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • conoclast

      Good thinking Dave. Odds are you like Michelle Bachman too, hmm?

      January 29, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Actually he is correct. Remember the muslim brotherhood in Egypt? Get ready for Iran II.

      January 29, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. rebelman

    othman from morocco we have to learn that sound of tha peaple can be hearing even that they will shut them up god do not like abuse and astray governor and tha shame it"s that we are muslims a guess we have just a name of god help us and show we tha right and reel way thnx for all

    January 29, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Faith

    A call for the UN and United State to send some help for the people of Egypt. Mubarak created this chaos to force the citizens to protect themselves from the thugs that he sent out on the streets. All this to stay in power. What a cheap way that only the devil will execute. People are dying and on the streets of Egypt. Obama if you want the people of Egypt to trust you then sent help to them and save them from this dictator regardless of the USA interests.

    January 29, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matthew

      1. That's completely absurd. The rioters started the riots.
      2. It's not the U.S.'s job to set things right in that area. Do we need Egypt? Yes, but our President can't go against the will of the American people and act outside of the interests of the United States.

      It's funny how people tell the United States to mind their own business, but when all hell breaks loose and the United States doesn't intervene, people whine about what a callous bunch we are. Sounds like the argument of children.

      January 29, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • conoclast

      Faith, we are NOT the world's cops! The Egyptians are quite capable of handling their own affairs.

      January 29, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mona

    We should not ask the world to practice democracy the American way! Egyptians will not live in the same enviroment. We should support the Egyptians by helping them make the correct change, and help the unemployment, econmics, and real reform in the social, education, health, and enviromental issues. That is what we want them to do and we gave them money to make weapons and then use it against their people. We need to lead them to the safe shore now

    January 29, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matthew

      How about we just mind our own business and buy stuff from them when we need them? We have enough problems at home to solve, thank you.

      January 29, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Looter

    When you said freedom I thought that meant we wouldn't have to pay for all this sweet stuff I just got at the store. My bad.

    January 29, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Melanie

    Don't you think after wanting to see that the US supports peaceful protests and wants safety for those protesters CNN's announcer could move on and quit repeatedly trying to make the US government out to be a bad guy. The announcer is harping on Eygpt not being enough of a democray. Thats not really are business there. He has been told a number of times now by different guests the US has to deal with what they get. Our US interests, thereby what we would like to know more news about is: who is going to be able to fill his space, who is he choosng to fill the empty posts, and what about things like the suiz canal? Does this annoncer have his own agenda for news in this country or something?

    January 29, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil E. Drifter

      Egypt is a dictator ship, Mubarak has been 'president' for 30 years, meanwhile Egypt receives more US funding than any middle eastern country other than Israel (according to NBC news, earlier today).

      And they're "the US's 'closest' ally. Hmm no wonder why Biden is claiming he shouldn't step down. Uncle Sam is the puppeteer, and Egypt is one of his puppets.

      I know I'd love it if my country received 1.5 billion USD in exchange for supporting the US's international agenda.

      January 30, 2011 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
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