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. gabriella

    Iran should mind their business, course we all remember what happen during their last election. Mubarak should stepdown

    January 29, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. Asghar

    ALJazeera : Mubarak's sons and their family are in London #Jan25 #Egypt

    January 29, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Savoeun

      @Asghar, Yeah once again, the West safeguards the dictatorships, corruption leaders, and their families. Just like Haitian former president "Baby Duc", he ran out of moneys in France, now back in Haiti wanting to be a president again.
      The WEST should stop harbor all these exiled dictatorships.

      January 29, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. adam

    @philip Venezuela certainly doesnt have the latest in tech...and no one will invade venezuela..the only threat to do so would be Colombia and they never would because of the USA....Chavez knows this...he knows their is currently no threat to the country...he just says it to keep the people distracted from how poorly things are going there.....the USA needs venezuela for oil and venezuela needs the USA to buy it....they are unwilling family!

    January 29, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. saraw1

    Jim, you can't have been paying attention if you haven't seen any women and believe this is some sort of Islamist revolt. CNN, as well as every other channel, has been reporting the following: this is a middle class uprising; it is related to lack of economic opportunity and a demand for basic civil liberties. The protest movement is entirely secular.

    If you are going to post a comment about the news, you should at least watch it first.

    January 29, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Paulie

      I saw a few women in hijabs (muslim head dress).

      January 29, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  5. Casey

    Why cant we be friends? HA WORLD PEACEEEEEEEEEE!

    January 29, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Roman, Butler PA

      World Peace will only come when the Son of God has defeated evil. And, believe me, the Day of the Lord is at hand.
      Read this blog for the Truth.

      January 29, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • @BamBam

      FFS! Roman Butler, i'm not asking you to give up your faith but please just pi$$ off and stop shoving it in my face!

      January 29, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      Lol you believe in a god....

      January 29, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • myklds

      @greg..Yep! we do with the rest of 90% of the populace. So stop acting like Atheists comprises the majority when the reality is you're just a dirt in the nail of the believers when it comes to stats. And that's the fact that needless to be shove to your god allergic throaths.

      January 29, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mac316

    Mubarak is US ally not the people let us not get confused here about that We support Israel and that is why Saddat was killed. This is Egypts fight we US need to stay the hell out of it

    January 29, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Speedy

      Totally agree – that is the problem with this country. We stick our nose in everybody else's business and forget to take care of those in our own backyard.

      January 29, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • voodoo child

      Middle class 1.5 billion of U.S. money vested there. Hell yeah we better be watching and involved...our gov't elect got much to lose in so called interests

      January 29, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tamara

      Because of these happenings in Egypt, the stock market and DOW have gone down. Loss of confidence in the market. This does affect us.

      January 29, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • buckman47

      Hey mac316 we in the US have sat with this dictator and been at his side. Apparently with the protest things on the ground are not so good. Big business gets richer and the poor get poorer. That is why we are going though this situation.
      Yes we need to stay out, but should be a little aware HE WAS AN ALLY WHILE HE WAS SERVING HIMSELF NOT REPRESENTING HIS PEOPLE...........THEY ARE SUFFERING..........HE WAS NOT

      January 29, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Nick San Diego

    Abbas , another pimp,

    January 29, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  8. Asghar

    Iranian government is a criminal regime who has killed thousands of people and throw one million people in prisons.
    Iranian gov is going down soon after Mubarak and his bloody regime finished.there is long list of this obsolete.

    January 29, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |

    Presidant of Egypt: Muhammad Mubarak? HA Mubarak HA!!!! His Name should BE Change to SHEYTAN.!!!!!!!! In English Means -DEVIL AS!!! HI !!! IS !!!!

    January 29, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • conoclast

      Nice rant! ...I think.

      January 29, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ljgutierrez


    January 29, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • adam

      obviously they wont refund a flight thats not for another 2weeks+ they will refund it when and if the flight is cancelled...and thats very unlikely since thats not for some time yet

      January 29, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Matthew

      If the people in Egypt hear about this they'll probably stop protesting immediately.

      January 29, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. adam

    The real underlaying issues here is the media....people in the regions of the world that have the issues of lack of economic oppotunities can now see the rest the world in a instint..they see what they think life in europe and USA and other places that have done very well for themselves is like.....they believe they deserve these same oppotunities(and they do and i hope they have it one day) but what they fail to realize is that these places didnt become successful took decades and centuries of hard work and disciplin...and just because the modern media exploded so fast they were able to see this overnight....their is no quick fix...and their shouldnt be...even if egypt does everything perfect it will still not be a successful nations for decades...hard to swallow but true....cheers to egypts future!

    January 29, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  12. Asghar

    Brig Gen Al Zayat just said army is impartial, and will not shoot at ppl of #Egypt.

    January 29, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  13. John D

    And to think there was a simple solution to all of this: cut taxes for the rich = jobs

    January 29, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Paulie

      more like end the wars 2 years ago so our country could be ready to help these people keep their democracy- obama is doing neither

      January 29, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  14. Asghar

    Chanting in Tahrir Sq: "Mubarak, the plane is waiting for you at the airport." #Egypt

    January 29, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  15. Osiris1975

    We just talked to my father-in-law and he reports that plain clothes police thugs are breaking into houses, cars, and shops in their neighborhood, presumably to discredit the protesters. The local mosque put out calls to the citizens to come and defend their cars and homes and the citizens are pouring out into the streets in response.

    Also, for those of you that think women aren't protesting, and have a facebook account, please check this video out:!/video/video.php?v=487204600834&comments

    January 29, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Tamara

      Mubarak needs to resign for PEACE in EGYPT to reside. I am proud of the people of Egypt for standing up for their rights against tyranny.

      January 29, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
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