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. Philip

    Keep in mind that their will be more Americans murdered by fellow Americans before tomorrows sun rises than in all of Egypt's revolts. (not to mention raypz and robberies)

    January 29, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    We would all like to think that"freedom" is the wtg. Yet, what has our freedom accomplished? Are we better off than Egypt...are we 'above' that sort of thing? I think not. As I mentioned, more of US will be murdered, raypedz, and robbed befor tommorrows sun shines than in all of Egypt's rebellions. Are we all not aware of this? Are we dense, or drugged? We live daily under threats that are hardly reported. But when what we do is done by another peoples, we are so smug that we actually think that we should fix their problems as we ignore our own. (and we just post our 2-cents worth, then off we go as if we had done our part)

    January 29, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    Even @ 15/gal...gasoline is a bargain. Imagine life w/o personal transpo. (except in big cities where parking costs more than gas)

    January 29, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    @William...that "money is the root of all evil" is the NEW saying. The old saying was that "the LOVE of money is the root..." And it sounds like you think Egypt's troubles are worse than our own. If tonight is an average night in America, there will be more Americans murdered by their neighbors than in all of Egypt's revolts this week combined. FBI crime stats report that about 6 or 7 of US are murdered ea. night, and that about every two minutes, one of US is rayped, robbed, or defrauded by a fellow American. Egypt's turmoils pale both in significance, and statistically speaking, to our own. Are you unaware of this? If so, how?

    January 29, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ENN (Egypt News Network) by phil

    HEADLINE: "Violence in the US continues even though the are free." Violence in the USA is continuing at an alrming rate reports an unnamed FBI spokesman speaking on terms of anonymity. "There will be about 13 Americans murdered tonight, well over 1,000 raypez, robberies, and burglaries". ENN's own Ahkmed Terrorguy was in LA last night reporting live, on the scene. "I went to buy a pack of camel's in Compton, and before I got out of my car I had two guys wanting to wash my windshiels for spare change, another guy whose pants hung below his azz waiting patiently to rob me, and two gangstas jacking my car up to steal the wheels." As the street violence in America spreads like a blanket over a blood-stained mattress, both the leader of the free world, US president Barack Hussein Obama, and the vast majority of Us citizens are focused on us here in Egypt. While our internal difficulties are certainly a problem, the old American saying "the pot calling the kettle black" has lost all meaning. More to cone.

    January 30, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    @Phil E. sure got that right my friend. A foreign bank (The Bank for International Settlements aka BIS) gives the federal reserve/central banks orders. Orders that are followed to the letter. they, and they alone determine what nations are allowed to be in debt, and what nations must remain sovereign, solvent debt-free nations. The nations who are not allowed to go in debt even though their own natural resources could easily represent collateral, struggle with starvation. While indebted nations, who militarily plunder these resources, struggle with obesity. Both (D) and (R) administrations have for decades refused to allow the fed to be publicly audited. Only one Congressman persists in this endeavor to have the fed audited: Ron Paul. If his body is found in a Delaware dump, you will know why.. (glad to meet you sir)

    January 30, 2011 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  7. Lester

    If the Muslim Brotherhood gain control of Egypt, so be it. The US and its relentless, mindless colonial mentality will at the very least be out of the loop. Better is a militant socialist coalition that will make an economic democracy along with a political and cultural democracy. But in the meantime: Both Mubarak and the US OUT.

    January 30, 2011 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    @Phil E....Israel must be protected at all costs. Fundamental "Christians"(you know the ones who say everything was created in a few literal days, that the earth will be destroyed with fire, that God allows his disobedient children to be burned alive, forever) Vote a lot, and teach that Israel is still "God's chosen nation". As if, even if they were "God's chosen", God would approve of bribing Egypt to leave Israel alone. Back when Israel truly was God's special possession, young King David needed only a toy slingshot to strike fear in the hearts and minds of Israel's enemies. Todays Israel is armed to the toothe with US aid (even though the old law covenant strictly forbids this) and still they struggle with their enemies! Further proof that the True God is not with them, and the US taxpayer should NOT be called upon to fund them.

    January 30, 2011 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    @Lester...sounds like you need to look into 'the Muslim Brotherhood" a bit more. I could go into great detail about them, but I won't bother. If you think they should even be in control of popsicle stick distribution, you are sadly mistaken.

    January 30, 2011 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  10. madona

    This is unbelievable. I'm still in denial.I called my family and my cousins in egypt, they told me there is no police to protect them or thier houses, they have to go down in the streets with knives to protect themselves and thier houses. These poeple need help!!!. please. my little cousin is crying and cant sleep beacuse he is so scared that someone will break down to his house and kill him and his parents. where is the UN..

    January 30, 2011 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    @madona...I hear ya. Kindly hearted folKs living in south-central LA have been experiencing this for years, and the UN won't help them either.

    January 30, 2011 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  12. ROB

    self determination for the people of egypt! it is their country, any american who rationalizes keeping a dictator in power who keeps his people in abject poverty, is a disgusting hypocrite. and another thing you people who spew this blanket inditement of islam and muslims don't have a clue about what you are talking about. you eat fear and sweat religious bigotry

    January 30, 2011 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  13. ed bailey

    When our own government comes clean (WON'T HAPPEN) and Quits lying to us and stops the freedom thieving practices they use under the flag waving propoganda they find effective, until then I do not care one damn bit about the rest of the world. Slight of hand tricks, WE ARE BEING RIPE TO SHREDS BY OUR GOVERNMENT AND SMILING WHILE IT HAPPENS!

    January 30, 2011 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. khairulorama

    What will happen to the 10,000+ malaysian student studying there?

    January 30, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    Every day CNN reports how many Egyptian citizens were shot, injured, and killed. Why aren't these statistics reported daily concerning our own country? How many people in the USA were shot last night? How many were robbed? How many raypz and murders were there?

    January 30, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
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