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. Darrin112

    Thats crazy someone needs to step in and kick mubarak out office and they need help from other countrys because there army and police force isnt doing to good

    January 29, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Nicholas

    So far Mubarak was the darling of the USA to keep the peace for Israel, but he also made sure he had enough to pay for the army and a dictatorial agenda by the police and secret service of Egypt. He left this work to his staff while he concentrated on the funds from the USA and how he portrayed as a power broker around the Middle East. America had no choice but to keep him so he can keep the peace with Israel. But having a fair election would end up like Gaza where Hamas gained control after winning the elections there and US didn't pursue to have any fair elections. All worked out fine until today. Technology will pave way to vital communications to build the intellect of the youth who think and understand what is happening around the world and how their lives reflect with the outside world. Tunisia was a lucky fluke where it worked, it is just a matter of time where many will voice their new found freedom when they see it is achievable.
    Mubarak was just the grandad of all dictators and or the brother of Saddam and USA will only tarnish its image with the muslim world further by providing arms and ammunition to countries like Saudi Arabia and all its allies to keep the peace with Israel which has a large lobby in the USA, not a powerful one as they think it to be.
    All things change, a terrible beauty is born! if Winter is here can Spring be far behind for the muslim world?

    January 29, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. magnito4363

    let the change come. but blood will flow?
    America be very care full? it might spread here. you keep screw with our lives, and keep raising tax's? no jobs?now you must have a ged to work? come on!!!!!!!!!!! how to make a liveing? and care for our familys? I am 47 and dont have time to go back to school, I need a fn,job???? never need a ged to work!! it was america the great? ya right!!!!

    January 29, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Fire

    It sounds like people are getting together and trying to end the "chaos." Does this mean they want the revolution to end? Or are they just trying to stop the thievery, etc.?

    January 29, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip if our own leaders are honest and upright. Get a clue. It's coming here and you can feel it. (unless your fellers have been numbed by ingesting some of the 1.4 trillion dollars worth of bif-pharma meds subsidized by your own government to keep people unawares. When that funding runs dry, these zombies will awaken and take to the streets just like the crackheads did during the Rodney King riots did whn their crack supply was interupted. It wasn't avg. American's who looted and started fires ya know.)

    January 29, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. nashid ali

    CNN, I'm a fan of your coverage but do you honestly believe 1,000 inmates escaped a prison or were released? The uproar in violence will allow Mubarak to use force against civilians. Wake up and report the truth behind the release.

    January 29, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Chopswell

    This is all a major self-correction. When you have an oppressive regime, the people wake up eventually. Look what's happening in the US. This gov't can't keep giving wall street and big banks taxpayer money, cutting taxpayer services, outsourcing jobs, causing major unemployment while we watch the value of the dollar drop almost daily. Won't be long when people here in the US are gonna get sick of this garbage.

    January 29, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    If any of you would like to see the ones who will be doing the Egypt thingy here in the USA, on the 3rd day of next month, hang-out in front of your nearest liquor store. The big-harma drug induced walking zombies have recieved their fake-claimed Social Security disability checks, and since they can't drive, they walk to get their booze. Along about the 12th day of the month, their SS money runs out, so they trade their government subsidized seorquel pills for booze and drugs. When we can no longer afford to drug them, they will awaken and take to the streets. Looting and robbing on a scale previously unimaginable, even for a Rodney King protestor crackhead.// It will not be the tea-partiers that will be the walking zombies.

    January 29, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Anjelique pvt in the national guard

    Let me start by say DOWN WITH MUBARAK!! to see these people so angry and to hear why, i completely support everything that they are doing. they have every reason in the world to protest. they are tired of a dictatorship that is destroying their country. and then to see the police abandon Egypt tells me they are weak and afraid. and they think that if they abandon these people that they will give in and follow them. they shouldn't have to be forced to follow a government that they dont believe in. these people are in worse shape then america. to see the tear gas made in the U.S.A. angers me. free the Egyptian people. the want to be Pharaoh needs to step down and give the people what they want. if he loved his country he would. how many more people have to die? how many more days of this until he gets the hint. he says he will give them reform. the people want him out. gone forever. and at this point hes better off doing what they say or im afraid a real Revolution will happen...FREE EGYPT!! HEAR THEIR CRIES!! DOWN< DOWN WITH MUBARAK!!!

    January 29, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. joni

    This movie is so sic this woman is possesed

    January 29, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Melanie

    Knives are Falling?????

    January 29, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. tom

    This is what happens when all of the wealth and power of a society are enjoyed by a small percent of the population while the vast majority suffer stagnation and poverty. This is a storming of the Bastille. It will happen everywhere in the world including here in the USA if economic and class conditions do not improve quickly. It always happens this way. If the current global depression continues expect this everywhere.

    January 29, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. AshrafM

    What is the world waiting for? More blood shredding on the street of Egypt? Where is the US and the UN? Big shame on you both.

    January 29, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. JeanVa

    I was watching CNN and saw an Adidas shop with its glass wall broken by looters. They cleared the shop. Wow! These Egyptians sure know their sneakers.

    January 29, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mr dude

    What a conundrum We either support a moderate dictator or let a Muslim fanatical regime take over. Egypt will become the new Iran! Meanwhile Obama fiddles as the Middle East burns!

    Get ready for $15 a gallon gas peeps!!!

    January 29, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
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