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. Roman, Butler PA

    To all the land that strectches forth from Africa to Iran, to the far reaches of the islands in the Pacific, to Pakistan and Afghanistan, I AM the Son of God. Hear these words for they are from the Spirit of Truth. On Earth the Witness to God's True Christ is Spirit, water and blood. Know that I AM He who the Father has sent. Vengeance is in My Heart for the corrupt governments who oppress their people, shall know that I AM the Son of Man.

    January 29, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. g.r.r.

    My condolences to the families.
    While I hope that Egypt will soon have their freedom and democracy, it is sad that it must come at a loss of life.
    May they be the last in this pursuit.

    January 29, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  3. mary

    somehow-someway the good people ot the world need to unite.. we are ruled by greed and power all over the world always was ..always may be...we sit here and allow the rich and powerful to stay in charge, most of us are puppets on their strings....and if you protest? it is either jail or death

    January 29, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. 2Cents

    Iran has to say something before people do the same in their country..............

    January 29, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. slupdawg

    How good of Iran to give Egypt advice on how to peacefully resolve this crisis. What joke.

    January 29, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  6. Chala Obora

    It is time for Afica ! like Ethiopian dictators leave the power to the people !! We Oromoo weck up for our freedom !!!

    Chala Obora /Sweden/

    January 29, 2011 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. Steven - Sumter, South Carolina

    I do have a question about the people who are protesting – Where are the women protesters? I have not seen the first image of a woman or women joining in the protests. But, I do see the women speaking up on the news shows. I'm just not seeing any women being involved in the protests. I noticed the same thing in the Tunisian and Algerian protests. Do the women not have a voice in any of these countries?????

    January 29, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • 2Cents

      Yeah man theres a bunch of women. Fact, not kidding. Look at the videos closely. Even a woman was shot while her children were in a car.

      January 29, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Kh

      They are Muslims Steven, of course you don't see women out on the streets.

      January 29, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Kh

      You can bet she had to get permission to even be out there. Poor woman.. poor children. 🙁

      January 29, 2011 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • 2Cents

      iWomen that are protesting are limited but they are out there.

      January 29, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • 2Cents

      CNN made a report on the woman yesterday if I can find the video ill post it

      January 29, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • 2Cents

      didn't find the shot woman but found this

      January 29, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • 2Cents

      Reason why maybe there aren't many women protesting..........(relax women its a joke)

      January 29, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • 2Cents

      Woman protester that kissed the office show a protest for freedom cause she could of been killed for kissing another man even a officer......

      January 29, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  8. Kh

    The women have a voice... it's stuck inside their homes, but they have one.

    January 29, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  9. Harold Trainer, USAF RET

    Why do we spend 1.3 billion a year on Egyptian military? So they can be used to stop the spread of freedom and kill protesters and preserve an unjust govt. And, some of this money is used to underwrite our own economics in the country. How many other dictators are we propping up including Jordan, Israel, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia etc.

    January 29, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • scranton

      ah, I believe we do it so a theocracy doesn't become the government of Egypt as it has in Iran. We have witnessed how the protesters in Iran were killed and imprisoned. Crazy mullahs calling the shots are more suppressive than the Egyptian dictator.

      January 29, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Shannon

      Western governments have been giving out aid to these countries for decades without demanding any accountability. They should make aid contingent on it being used to improve the people's lives through education, building infrastructure, and investing in enterprise. It would also be beneficial to the West because people who have hope and opportunity are less inclined to become radicalized. Instead, some of this money ends up subsidizing these autocrats' 20th chateau in France or fleet of gulfstreams etc. There's been little to no trickle down effect.

      January 29, 2011 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  10. steve

    I'm sure Saudi Arabia is getting antsy over all this turmoil.

    January 29, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  11. Plato101

    What is the U.S. position on this? Vice President Beyden sides with Mubarak, Obama with the protesters (kind of). What does the U.S. beleive in?

    January 29, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • SJB

      Money. All else comes second.

      January 29, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • mac316

      kinda like I know there aint no Heaven but I pray there aint no Hell or Playing both sides or gotcha back bary or this is a big f-- deal

      January 29, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Raven

      We believe in freedom, we fought our own revolution.
      Now some one else is doing the same.
      Sadly the people of Egypt do not possess the arms they need to overthrow Mubarek.
      So I suspect for another 30 years they will still be using sticks and stones.

      January 29, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. حيدر البلقاني

    فليسقط مبارك .. الناس لا تريد تغيير حكومتك العميلة التي لا تتلقى تعليماتها إلا منك ..
    الناس لا تريدك أنت !

    January 29, 2011 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  13. Firas

    What a great year for us Arabs... Revolution!! Revooooooluuuuuuushaaaaaaan

    January 29, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. Maxine

    To all of you that will continue to be uninformed about the events and why they are occurring and what the outcome will be. Observe that the largest opposition group that is not officially recognized "Muslim Brotherhood" is attempting to oust the leader out of power to take over the government and make Egypt fall under and join its other Arab brothers as a country bound by Shariah Law. The real victims of this scenario at this current moment will be the Coptic Christians who are the indigenous inhabitants of this country, becasue it will turn into an officially Islamic Nation bound by the Sharia Law. This is their ingenius way of taking over the government lead by the Muslim brotherhood to make life even more miserable for the Christians in the middle east. The relations with the United States will then furthermore be strained and one of the oldest religions in the world will be at risk for completely being eradicated out of its initial region. Once again in the eyes of the Muslim world this will be a victory fo them and Egypt will turn into the Saudi Arabias, Yemens, Pakistans, Afghanistans of the world. It is sad but the cancer will continue to spread and the day you realize this will probably be too late
    Further oppression and eradication of the Copts is imminent, harsh but true reality and this is what will come of it. This is the real reason behind this all of a sudden protest against the government. Once your in the spotlight for any sort of mistreatment, take over completely so that you could control whats being marketed and exposed to the rest of the world so that the religious oppression would not seem to exist. Ohh the Irony from Dictatorship to Dictatorship

    January 29, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Tamer

      Maxine. You can write as much as you want, but it is evident that you know nothing about Egypt. You have never been to Egypt and you do not know the Egyptian people or culture. If you think this is all about the Copts, who are part of the protests, then you are blind. Please do more research before posting. If you know the true story and if you were from Egypt, you would know that this is a grassroots revolution that has been years in the making.

      January 29, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  15. scranton

    Iran shut the hell up. You have no credibility at all when if comes to dealing with protesters wanting freedom. You still have college kids imprisoned for protesting the fake elections held.

    January 29, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
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