Egypt crisis: Guns fired in central Cairo early Thursday
Vehicles burn in front of Cairo's Egyptian Museum early Thursday as people protesting against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak face off against pro-Mubarak crowds.
February 2nd, 2011
10:35 PM ET

Egypt crisis: Guns fired in central Cairo early Thursday

Read full coverage of the unrest in Egypt updated continually by CNN reporters worldwide. Send your photos and video to iReport and see CNN in Arabic here. See also this strong roundup of timely, insightful views on the wave of upheaval in the Arab world.

[Update 5:35 a.m. Thursday in Cairo, 10:35 p.m. ET Wednesday] The U.S. State Department has offered via Twitter an amended advisory to U.S. citizens in Egypt, saying now that those who wish to depart Egypt on a U.S. government-chartered flight should report to the airport "ASAP after the morning end of curfew."

Earlier, the department tweeted that such U.S. citizens should report to the airport immediately.

[Update 5:16 a.m. Thursday in Cairo, 10:16 p.m. ET Wednesday] All remaining U.S. citizens who wish to depart Egypt on a U.S. government-chartered flight "should report to airport immediately," the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs said via Twitter minutes ago.

"Further delay is not advisable," the tweet said.

The State Department offers further information for U.S. citizens in Egypt on the department's website.

[Update 4:51 a.m. Thursday in Cairo, 9:51 p.m. ET Wednesday] CNN's Ivan Watson, reporting on the gunfire that was heard in central Cairo minutes ago, said it took place along the barricaded edges of Tahrir Square, where anti-government protesters stayed through the night, facing off with pro-government people.

CNN personnel are seeing wounded being carried into Tahrir Square from the Egyptian Museum entrance to the square. Ambulances also are coming into the square.

Watson reported that he could hear both automatic gunfire and single shots, and that perhaps six young men - possibly wounded - were carried away. One appeared to have been shot in the abdomen, Watson reported.

[Update 4:33 a.m. Thursday in Cairo, 9:33 p.m. ET Wednesday] Heavy gunfire reverberated in central Cairo early Thursday as anti- and pro-government protesters continued to face off at Tahrir Square.

[Update 3:43 a.m. Thursday in Cairo, 8:43 p.m. ET Wednesday] Chartered flights evacuating U.S. citizens from Cairo will run again on Thursday, but after that, U.S. officials will assess whether the operation should be continued, the U.S. State Department said.

More than 1,900 U.S. citizens and their family members have left Egypt since an evacuation operation began Monday, according to State Department statement. The State Department has been providing passage for any U.S. citizen wishing to leave Egypt.

[Update 3:28 a.m. Thursday in Cairo, 8:28 p.m. ET Wednesday] In the video below, CNN's Ivan Watson reports on the Molotov cocktails that have been thrown Wednesday night and Thursday morning between supporters of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and anti-Mubarak protesters outside Cairo's Egyptian Museum.

Watson reports of a "constant stream of wounded people being brought from these front lines between these two warring camps," and "people being treated along the sidewalks, underneath the street lamps ... by medics in lab coats."

"We've seen teams of opposition protesters who've been hard at work digging up the asphalt here in Tahrir Square to pull out stones to use as ammunition in the ongoing battles that have gone thoughout the day," Watson said early Thursday.

[Update 3:15 a.m. Thursday in Cairo, 8:15 p.m. ET Wednesday] Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman has reiterated the government stance that the people have been heard, that they should go home and that they should stop demonstrating.

Protesters should respect the curfew and "enable people to return to their jobs and their daily lives, and to allow schools and universities to reopen," he said in a statement.

People protesting against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak still are in Cairo's Tahrir Square. Some of them have set up sheet-metal barricades outside the Egyptian Museum to hold off some pro-Mubarak crowds, who on Wednesday engaged in bloody clashes with the protesters. The pro-Mubarak people, who dwindled in number Wednesday night into early Thursday morning, still are lobbing Molotov cocktails at the protesters.

The Health Ministry has said three people died and 639 were injured in Wednesday's clashes in Cairo. CNN reporters at the square early Thursday morning say medics have been tending to the wounded in makeshift triage areas, and ambulances were arriving every few minutes. The Egyptian military is at the square and the museum but generally have stood by during the clashes, CNN reporters have said.

[Update 2:54 a.m. Thursday in Cairo, 7:54 p.m. ET Wednesday] The video below is a roundup, from CNN's correspondents in Cairo, of what happened during Wednesday's demonstrations and clashes between anti-Mubarak protesters and people supporting the president.

[Update 2:21 a.m. Thursday in Cairo, 7:21 p.m. ET Wednesday] At least three fires are burning outside Cairo's Egyptian Museum as people supporting Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak throw Molotov cocktails toward anti-Mubarak protesters, CNN's Anderson Cooper reports.

The number in the pro-Mubarak crowd has dwindled, and anti-Mubarak protesters - having slowly advanced behind tall sheets of metal - have controlled the area in front of the museum near Tahrir Square for the past few hours. Anti-Mubarak protesters have been banging on the metal into the night. Some of them are having to dodge Molotov cocktails thrown by the other side, Cooper said.

"Every time one of the Molotov cocktails thrown by the pro-Mubarak forces hits inside a crowd of people in the anti-Mubarak group, you can hear a cheer going up from the pro-Mubarak side," Cooper said.

Sustained automatic weapons fire also could be heard early Thursday around Cairo's Tahrir Square, the epicenter of nine days of protests calling for Mubarak's ouster.

[Update 2:15 a.m. Thursday in Cairo, 7:15 p.m. ET Wednesday] Ambulances were arriving every few minutes early Thursday at a hospital about a 10-minute drive from Tahrir Square, scene of bloody mayhem in Cairo. Many of the wounded have injuries to the head. Others have stab wounds or were burned by Molotov cocktails.

[Update 1:15 a.m. Thursday in Cairo, 6:15 p.m. ET Wednesday] A tree outside Cairo's Egyptian Museum appears to be on fire, and Molotov cocktails still ocassionally are being thrown between groups of protesters, CNN's Hala Gorani reports.

People protesting against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak earlier pushed back pro-Mubarak crowds from the street in front of the museum, near Tahrir Square. Though Molotov cocktails still are being thrown, the two sides don't appear to be in physical contact.

[Update 12:40 a.m. Thursday in Cairo, 5:40 p.m. ET Wednesday] In the following video, CNN's Anderson Cooper reports on being attacked as he and colleagues tried to approach supporters of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo on Wednesday.

[Update 12:16 a.m. Thursday in Cairo, 5:16 p.m. ET Wednesday] People protesting against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak appear to have pushed pro-Mubarak crowds away from Cairo's Egyptian Museum, though the two sides still are clashing, with Molotov cocktails being thrown, CNN's Anderson Cooper and Ivan Watson report. Molotov cocktails have been thrown for hours.

A few vehicles have been set on fire in front of the museum. The military is there, but is not doing much other than putting out fires in front of the museum, Watson said.

Hundreds, maybe thousands, of people are still in and around Tahrir Square, Watson reported. Medics are tending to some wounded people, and many protesters are wearing slings or bandages, Watson said.

[Update 11:58 p.m. Cairo, 4:58 p.m. ET] Three people died and 639 were injured in clashes Wednesday in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the Egyptian health minister told state-run Nile TV.

[Update 11:50 p.m. Cairo, 4:50 p.m. ET] The Cairo bureau chief for Al-Arabiya tells CNN that protesters beat two Al-Arabiya reporters and harassed a third in separate incidents Wednesday. In one incident in Giza, people stole an Al-Arabiya reporter's watch and beat him - he eventually was rescued and taken to a hospital, where he was in an intensive care unit, the bureau chief said. In a second incident, in Cairo's Tahrir Square, a reporter was "beaten like hell" after he identified himself as working for Al-Arabiya, the bureau chief said.

[Update 11:35 p.m. Cairo, 4:35 p.m. ET] Late Wednesday, anti-Mubarak protesters near the Egyptian Museum were appearing to be gaining more ground in their clashes with the president's supporters, CNN's Anderson Cooper reported. It remained unclear whether such confrontations were being repeated elsewhere.

A state-run Nile TV flashed a warning ordering people to adhere to a government-imposed curfew and clear out of Tahrir Square, but a crowd - though a less intense one - remained in the downtown plaza into the night.

In the following video, CNN's Fred Pleitgen reports that although the number of protesters outside Cairo's Egyptian Museum and Tahrir Square was decreasing late Wednesday, people still were tossing petrol bombs.

[Update 11:19 p.m. Cairo, 4:19 p.m. ET] Via Twitter, CNN's Nic Robertson reported: "Alexandria protesters say they plan big event on Friday, describe as the 'day of farewell to #Mubarak #egypt #jan25"

Robertson also tweeted that an Alexandria protest organizer said: "'This is the day that we hope Egypt can be finally free of #Mubarak, his dynasty & his thugs."

[Update 11:10 p.m. Cairo, 4:10 p.m. ET] The United States doesn't know the identity of "thugs" who attacked anti-government protesters Wednesday in Egypt, but others have identified them as "supporters of the government," U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters.

"This was clearly an attempt at intimidating the protesters," Crowley said.

[Update 10:55 p.m. Cairo, 3:55 p.m. ET] Leaders from the United Nations, the United Kingdom and Germany have joined a chorus of condemnation of Wednesday's eruption of violence in Cairo.

[Update 10:27 p.m. Cairo, 3:27 p.m. ET] A journalist captured these images of people throwing rocks, brandishing knives and tending to injured people during protests in central Cairo, near Tahrir Square, on Wednesday:

[Update 10:07 p.m. Cairo, 3:06 p.m. ET] Some of the protesters on the streets of Cairo are now targeting journalists. A Belgian reporter on Wednesday was arrested, beaten and accused of being a spy by men in plain clothes in the central Cairo neighborhood of Choubra, and in Tahrir Square, journalists from the BBC, Al-Arabiya, ABC News and CNN - including CNN's Anderson Cooper and Hala Gorani - also were attacked.

Cooper said he was hit on the head by a protester. Gorani said she slammed against some gates and threatened after getting caught in a stampede of protesters and counter-protesters riding on camels and horses Wednesday morning.

[Update 9:45 p.m. Cairo, 2:45 p.m. ET] Egypt's health minister said 611 people were injured in clashes in Cairo's Tahrir square Wednesday, state-run television reported.

Earlier today, Ministry of Health officials told state TV that at least one member of the Egyptian security forces was and more than 400 people were wounded in clashes between pro- and anti-government demonstrators in Cairo. Most injuries were head wounds from thrown rocks, Egyptian Health Minister Ahmed Sameh Fareed said.

[Update 9:30 p.m. Cairo, 2:30 p.m. ET] A spokesman for the Egyptian Foreign Ministry says demonstrations by supporters of the Mubarak government are spontaneous and not orchestrated by the government. He also said the men on horseback and camels who rode into Tahrir Square earlier Wednesday were workers from the Pyramids whose business has been hurt by the unrest.

[Update 9:24 p.m. Cairo, 2:24 p.m. ET] CORRECTION:The blog entry below posted at 9:24 p.m. Cairo time incorrectly quoted a comment made by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs Wednesday regarding violence between anti-government protesters and government supporters in Egypt. Gibbs said, "And it is - it is our hope that what we saw today we won't see tomorrow or Friday or into the weekend. Obviously, this is - this is going to take - this is not all going to be wrapped up in a matter of hours. It's going to take some time."

The violence witnessed Wednesday between anti-government protesters and government supporters in Egypt "won't end tomorrow, or Friday, or by the weekend," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said, adding: "This is not all going to be wrapped up in a matter of hours. It's going to take some time."

[Update 9:18 p.m. Cairo, 2:18 p.m. ET] CNN's Anderson Cooper describes how demonstrators are arming themselves as he watches gasoline bombs being lobbed from a rooftop.

[Update 9:05 p.m. Cairo, 2:05 p.m. ET] The State Department reported Wednesday that one flight for U.S. citizens was confirmed to have left Egypt. The department advises citizens who are having difficulty reaching the airport to stay indoors until demonstrations subside and make their way to the airport Thursday after curfew ends.

[Update 8:54 p.m. Cairo, 1:54 p.m. ET] Via Twitter, CNN's Nic Robertson reported: "This morning, Alexandria seemed on verge of going back to normal but early calm evaporated when aggressive pro-Mubarak groups showed up. ... Seeing more vigilante checkpoints around Alexandria. Protesters keen to avoid confrontation with pro-Mubarak groups."

[Update 8:31 p.m. Cairo, 1:31 p.m. ET] The time for a political transition in Egypt "is now" because the Egyptian people "need to see change," and a "meaningful transition must include opposition voices and parties being involved in this process as we move toward free and fair elections," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Wednesday.

If the Egyptian government is instigating any of the violence occurring on the streets of Cairo, "it should stop immediately," Gibbs said.

A spokesman for Egypt's Foreign Ministry called on international leaders to butt out of the country's internal strife, telling CNN, "We know what is in the best interest of our society." Hossam Zaki said the clashes between pro- and anti-government demonstrators in Cairo reflect "the very raw and high emotions" of the Egyptian people, and "what is required now is for people to calm down."

[Update 8:17 p.m. Cairo, 1:17 p.m. ET] Peaceful protests have been taking place Wednesday in other neighborhoods of Cairo - Mohandessin, Heliopolis and Corniche - and the rural cities of El-Minya and El-Mahalla, CNN's Ben Wedeman reported. Most of the demonstrators in those places appear to be women, children, scholars and Coptic priests, he reported.

[Update 8:01 p.m. Cairo, 1:01 p.m. ET] More than 400 people have been wounded in clashes between pro- and anti-government demonstrators in Cairo, Egyptian Health Minister Ahmed Sameh Fareed told state television Wednesday. Most injuries were head wounds from thrown rocks, he said.

[Update 7:47 p.m. Cairo, 12:47 p.m. ET] At least one member of the Egyptian security forces was killed Wednesday in clashes in and around Cairo's Tahrir Square, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health, Abdel Rahman Shaheen, said on state television.

[Update 7:31 p.m. Cairo, 12:31 p.m. ET] CNN iReporter Hunter Moore, 26, is an American teacher in Cairo who is certified in CPR and first aid, and has been working with doctors and other volunteers to provide medical aid to injured protesters outside Tahrir Square. He says they are only treating the anti-government protesters; the pro-Mubarak protesters are getting so badly injured that they're being sent directly to the army for treatment. "All the medics and the doctors, they just don't want to see people killing one another," he said. He shot these photos Friday and earlier this week.

[Update 7 p.m. Cairo, noon ET] The army is not deliberately allowing the violence to continue, Egypt's finance minister says, it's been ordered not to hurt anyone.

[Update 6:55 p.m. Cairo, 11:55 a.m. ET] Numerous gasoline bombs were hurled on a street alongside Tahrir Square, starting small fires that were put out by military water cannon:

[Update 6:15 p.m. Cairo, 11:15 a.m. ET] A CNN journalist in Alexandria said pro-Mubarak demonstrators in Sidi Jaber Square left after a rally near the railway station, leaving only anti-Mubarak demonstrators still camping there. Journalists saw a small pro-Mubarak crowd demonstrating near Saad Zaghloul plaza with banners that said, "Yes, yes Mubarak" and "Where is the media to hear our voice?"

[Update 6:03 p.m. Cairo, 11:03 a.m. ET] CNN iReporter farahk8 sent in photos from among the Tahrir Square crowd during Tuesday's demonstrations. See them here.

[Update 5:56 p.m. Cairo, 10:56 a.m. ET] Video of the chaos in Tahrir Square from street level:

[Update 5:50 p.m. Cairo, 10:50 p.m. ET] CNN's Ivan Watson says opposition demonstrators inside Tahrir Square are surrounded by pro-Mubarak groups and fear a bloodbath after nightfall.

CNN's Ben Wedeman tweeted: "The only way out of Tahrir is thru army lines to the right of the mosque next to the Mogamaa." (The Mogamaa is a building that houses the Interior Ministry.) "People in Tahrir square begging Obama to intervene. They are terrified a bloodbath is about to occur."

[Update 5:35 p.m. Cairo, 10:35 a.m. ET] As darkness falls on Cairo, some faithful Muslims fall to their knees for evening prayers. Small fires from gasoline bombs, also known as Molotov cocktails, are quickly extinguished near the Egyptian Museum.

[Update 5:32 p.m. Cairo, 10:32 a.m. ET] CNN's Ben Wedeman, who was roughed up near Tahrir Square, tweeted: "I was not injured. Harassed? Yes. Appears the pro-government "demonstrators" have been given instructions to target press."

[Update 5:25 p.m. Cairo, 10:25 a.m. ET] CNN's Ivan Watson describes clashes taking place in front of the Egyptian Museum, home of Egypt's most precious antiquities, and how the military has been staying on the sidelines. Meanwhile, demonstrators dig up bricks from a construction site to use as weapons.

[Update 5:16 p.m. Cairo, 10:16 a.m. ET] White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told CNN, "We continue to watch the events very closely, and it underscores that the transition needs to begin now." Pressed on whether the administration is pulling further away from President Hosni Mubarak, Gibbs would only say that President Obama and other officials have made clear in recent days there needs to be "real change" in Egypt.

U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley tweeted: "We are concerned about detentions and attacks on news media in #Egypt. The civil society that Egypt wants to build includes a free press."

[Update 5:05 p.m. Cairo, 10:05 a.m. ET] Here is a video summary of the day's events in Egypt so far.

[Update 4:59 p.m. Cairo, 9:59 a.m. ET] CNN iReporter Marianamin is an American living in a suburb an hour north of Cairo. She says her friends and neighbors "don't know who they want in, but they just know they want Mubarak out. ... Their thinking is he had 30 years to make changes. Even though he's done a lot of good for business ... for a lot of average Egyptians, he's just let them down." See marianamin's photo and description of her experience.

[Update 4:50 p.m. Cairo, 9:50 p.m.] Anderson Cooper witnessed a huge crowd of Mubarak supporters surge across a no-man's land dividing them from the anti-Mubarak crowd and overturn a military vehicle on the street as a huge roar went up. A large cloud of smoke arose at the east entrance to Tahrir Square, Anderson said.

[Update 4:38 p.m. Cairo, 9:38 a.m. ET] Tear gas was fired near the entrance to Cairo's Tahrir Square on Wednesday, according to CNN journalists who are there.

According to the latest information obtained by the United States, the Egyptian government wants to use police to quell the demonstrations in the capital, a senior U.S. official said. "That may be why you do not see the Army reacting," the official said.

The source also said that, at this point, the violence is largely limited to central Cairo and has not spread to other parts of the country. The official said the major issue for the United States is to try to achieve some measure of stability in Egypt.

[Update 4:30 p.m. Cairo, 9:30 a.m. ET] Here is some of the top video from the past hour in Egypt. Check back each hour for the latest video.

CNN's Ivan Watson describes the rapidly changing scene:

Men on horseback charge into Tahrir Square:

Protesters bloodied in clashes:

Crowd turns violent

CNN's Ben Wedeman sees "utter chaos":

[Update 4:23 p.m. Cairo, 9:23 a.m. ET] Some members of the Egyptian Army were believed to be entering Tahrir Square. Military vehicles were separating pro- and anti-Mubarak demonstrators, and several gasoline bombs had been tossed, CNN's Anderson Cooper said.

The sound of gunfire was heard in Tahrir Square, CNN's Fred Pleitgen said on Twitter. The square has been surrounded by pro-Mubarak demonstrators who have blocked in anti-government demonstrators and others at the site, CNN's Ben Wedeman said.

[Update 3:58 p.m. Cairo, 8:58 a.m. ET] The United States believes that the Egyptian police are returning to the streets in Cairo and will be the first responders to the violence that has erupted, rather than the Egyptian army, a senior U.S. official with direct knowledge of the unfolding situation in Egypt told CNN Wednesday. "We are seeing preliminary indications the police are coming back in," the official said, stressing that the situation remains highly volatile and uncertain.

[Update 3:51 p.m. Cairo, 8:51 a.m. ET] Men with rocks in their hands lined a metal wall and pounded out a rhythm. CNN's Ivan Watson said this appeared to be a show of support for rock-throwers on the front lines as pro- and anti-Mubarak sides faced off. Injured men were carried to a makeshift clinic on Tahrir Square.

CNN's Ben Wedeman said he overheard a panicked army officer say the situation was out of control and there was nothing the army could do to restore order.

[Update 3:42 p.m. Cairo, 8:42 a.m. ET] CNN's Anderson Cooper said he and his production crew were attacked by pro-Mubarak demonstrators earlier Wednesday. The attackers pushed and shoved the CNN crew and punched them in the head, he said, but no one was seriously hurt.

[Update 3:36 p.m. Cairo, 8:36 a.m. ET] A crew of men were seen on video using tools to break up pavement near Tahrir Square, while others carried loads of rocks, presumably to be thrown at the opposing demonstrators. It wasn't known which side they supported.

[Update 3:17 p.m. Cairo, 8:17 a.m. ET] As hundreds of men lined up to kneel and pray in the street, a crowd less than 100 feet away could be seen surrounding and beating a man.

[Update 2:58 p.m. Cairo, 7:58 a.m. ET] Men on horseback and camels charged into the crowd at Cairo's Tahrir Square, some of them lashing people on the ground with whips. Several were pulled off their animals and beaten, and the others retreated. CNN's Ivan Watson said the horseback riders came from the pro-Mubarak side of the demonstration.

[Update 2:49 p.m. Cairo, 7:49 a.m. ET] The stone-throwing and fighting at Tahrir Square have suddenly stopped and people are hugging and chanting "We are one," CNN's Ivan Watson reports from his vantage point.

[Update 2:46 p.m. Cairo, 7:46 a.m. ET] CNN's Amir Ahmed said he has seen people with blood flowing from their heads after being injured by rocks. The clashes appear to be spreading to streets near the square, he said.

[Update 2:32 p.m. Cairo, 7:32 ET] Demonstrators for and against President Hosni Mubarak are throwing rocks at each other on Tahrir Square, CNN's Ben Wedeman reports. Police are absent from the square and military personnel are hanging back, he says.

[Update 2:19 p.m. Cairo, 7:19 a.m. ET] Competing rallies were being held Wednesday in Alexandria, Egypt, with several thousand people protesting against President Hosni Mubarak and a few hundred others supporting him, CNN Correspondent Nic Robertson reported.

In Cairo, Mubarak supporters broke through a barricade that had separated them from anti-government protesters in Tahrir Square. The military surrounded the square but there was nothing between the two sides to keep them apart.

[Update 12:37 p.m. Wednesday in Cairo, 5:37 a.m. ET Wednesday]The U.S. State Department "ordered departure" evacuation starts Wednesday with chartered planes planned to start flying out nonemergency personnel, their relatives and any American citizens who wish to evacuate.

Internet access is back in at least parts of Egypt, CNN has confirmed

[Update 11:51 a.m. Wednesday in Cairo, 4:51 a.m. ET Wednesday] The Egyptian defense ministry on Wednesday urged the youth to go back home, saying "your message is received ... your demands became known."

"And we are here and awake to protect the country for you," a spokesman for the ministry said in a television broadcast. "Not by power but by the love to Egypt ... it is time to go back to normal life."

[Update 11:28 a.m. Wednesday in Cairo, 4:28 a.m. ET Wednesday] Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh said Wednesday he will not run for president nor hand over power to his son once his term ends in 2013. "No extension, no inheritance," he told parliament.

In recent weeks, thousands have taken to the streets in Yemen demanding the the kind of change that Egypt wants. Saleh has been in office for 32 years.

[Update 9:19 a.m. Wednesday in Cairo, 2:19 a.m. ET Wednesday] Shortly after sunrise Wednesday, Cairo's Tahrir Square was already packed with demonstrators - including families staying in tents with children.

Some demonstrators chanted in favor of Mubarak early Wednesday, calling the press "traitors" and "agents."

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said the government would provide an emergency flight  for Australians affected by the unrest in Egypt. The flight will depart Cairo on Wednesday, according to a statement from her

British carrier BMI says it has organized an extra flight to help British nationals get back to the United Kingdom from Egypt.

The  British Foreign Office is sending a charter flight to Cairo on Wednesday to fly back British citizens with no other way to get  home, the office said.

Egypt's national airline, EgyptAir, canceled flights until 10 a.m. Wednesday (3 a.m. ET), according to state television.

Greece has sent  military aircraft to evacuate 215 Greeks from Egypt,  the official Athens News Agency said.

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  1. Jag

    There is something fishy and sinister about the sudden appearance of 'Mubarak Supporters' out of nowhere. Is Obama's call for 'action now' is some sort of a code-word for creating chaos and thereby prolong Mubarack's hold on Egypt? Where the heck is Julian Assange when you need him!!!

    February 2, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bresch

    I can see this happing in the US one day.

    February 2, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jenni

    Today's events only show the rest of the world what corrupt a S.O.B. that Mubarak is. When all eyes are on him and this country, he pulls this; thinking that everyone in Egypt and the rest of the world are too stupid to see how this clearly was all his doing. He promises reforms, freedom and democracy and then turns around and turns off internet service, cell phone service, TV station access and sends in thugs to attack those trying to protest peacefully.

    February 2, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Alya

    I think Mubarek should be charged for Terrorism. Every single definition of Terror he used against his Folks. they r terrified in their houses, on the streets, he is killing the innocent unarmed youth and bribing criminals to protest for him and attack the innocent civilians. The terrorist, Tyrant is falling.
    American citicizens , president and cabinet , PLEASE support our peacfull revolution. we just need what you have (DEMOCRACY).

    February 2, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jenni

      I support you. I am an American living in Cairo. You have my total support.

      February 2, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
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    February 2, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jeremiah

    The real culprit behind this mess is a series of US administrations which have consistently supported this and other corrupt regimes in the supposed interest of "regional stability" while in reality trading democratic ideals for money and power. Even now America sits on the fence wring its hands wanting to have it both ways.

    February 2, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. doodlemax

    Hey guys, let's try and think about what Hosni wants here for a second:

    February 2, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frankly Speaking..

      haha.. you cracked me uo boi!

      February 2, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ingy Sammakia

    I'm sorry that this is happening in Egypt. I hope and pray that these criminals stop attacking peaceful demonstrators.

    February 2, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ROZEN

    I don't know if you guys saw the footage of pro-Mobarok militias are attacking protesters. The people charging with horses and camels are the Egyptian police. Civilians in Cairo DON'T use horse or camel (only a few uses donkey.) Only POLICE uses horses and camels. I've seen these cops all the time in Cairo when I was there for 9 months.

    February 2, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ingy Sammakia

      Thanks for smart thinking! I agree with you!

      February 2, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Zack

    Mubarak is a dectator and criminal to those who know what he's been doing for z past 30 yrs.
    America just couldn't swallow z fact that our tax dollars have been used to kidnap, torture, kill inocent ppl and abuse powers in exchange for our interests.
    The most free and democratic ppl on this planet use their money to take away the very same freedom and democracy that they enjoy from other ppl, the real question here is, do the tax payers know what exactly their gov is doing with their money, in the name of AID??

    February 2, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Nancy

    Only 1 killed? That sounds pretty good for a countrywide revolution.

    February 2, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • df

      This is a big lie.

      February 2, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nancy

      I'd think so too.

      February 2, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • aatami

      If the US is truly about freedom and democracy, they will pressure the dictator Mubarak to leave office NOW! This nonsense about waiting until Sept, (waiting until he can cut the veins of the opposition) is BS. Another US supported dictator living in opulence while millions live in a cemetery. He should be tried for crimes against his own people as should Bush and Cheney.

      February 2, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • ROZEN

      Why Anderson Cooper and Hala Gorani are under attack if Hosni has nothing to hide? Foreign journalists are facing what Egyptians have faced for 30 years. True face of Hosni is coming out...

      February 2, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • EB

      I thought the US already told him the transition must begin now, thats what I keep reading. they told the Egyptian military not to interfere with the protest or the military aid will be cut off. That's seems to me like Obama is telling him he gotta go now, not later.

      February 2, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • EricHolland

      "Does anyone want some lemonaide or cookies? Who cares what happens over there."
      American bigotry.

      "Only 1 killed? That sounds pretty good for a countrywide revolution."
      American cynicism.

      Yes, that's what we need.
      Maybe 1 day you realize that there's more than your own concerns.
      For instance that now Obama has blood on his hands.

      Eric, from Holland (in Europe, in case you didn't know).

      February 2, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      The bible speaks of this. Nations going against Nations. This is a major sign that the end is coming.

      February 2, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • mrrusss

      those numbers are tragic, when you consider that 1 is probably a euphemism for 200 and 611 is probably a euphemism for 1500 and "injured" is probably a euphemism for killed.

      February 2, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Serbian

      Is it possible that the American people do not see that their government was involved in all this. Are not you afraid of the curse that will arrive by the actions of your government. Although you bombed my country in 1999 and killed innocent children yet I am pitty for you all because you are living creatures ............

      February 2, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • William Courson

      You can be quite certain that the so-called Pro-Mubarak demonstrators who initiated the violence last night in Cairo are funded, armed and transported to Tahrir Square by Mossad (Israeli intelligence) acting in concert with the Egyptian intelligence apparatus and law enforcement authorities who remain loyal to the despot. The CIA and MI-5 have also likely lent moral, if not technical and financial, support. The harsh truth and sad reality of the situation is that nothing could be more ruinous to Israeli, US and UK middle east policy than a democratic Egypt.

      February 2, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • DocLowery

      I wonder who this small group of Muslims are causing this uprising. There are 48 million people in Egypt and only 2 million are rebelling... please. As much as I like Obama, he has made a grave mistake. Egypt's leader should not step down until after the election. The next person in office will be a dangerous person with a lot of power. Most Americans don't even realize the military power that Egypt has and this put into the wrong hands..... If you thought the people of Iraq died like dogs, its going to be worse in Egypt.

      February 2, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • egypt,alexanderia

      from tahrrir square doctors said that 2000 is injured and governmental hospital deliver injured protests to mubarak security forces's a war for freedom here in egypt

      February 2, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      Atleast they are armed over there unlike Iranians pretty cuckoo though to see

      February 2, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrej

      USA is guilty for everything what is happening...we can see american tanks, american bombs, american USA please now stay away or help to freedom in Egypt. USA where is now enemy...

      February 2, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cleo

    Where are all the women in this freedom march? Iranian women were on the front lines. I question the authenticity of the any action if I only see men with their fists in the air. If women are not allowed, where is the real freedom?

    February 2, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • snob

      It's not safe for women or children.

      February 2, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • BZ

      Why not go check your facts before talking ignorantly trying to imply that women in Egypt have no freedom. There are whole protests led by the women! And maybe get your eyes checked because there are pictures all over the web of women taking part in the protests.

      February 2, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nancy

      good point

      February 2, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • worldie

      There are plenty of women involved. Have you been watching the tv coverage?

      February 2, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • tree

      There were women there, if you were watching. The Muslim women are generally more modest and discreet than "Westerners."

      February 2, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • mrrusss

      Who's going to make dinner for the men after a hard day of revolutionary rioting?

      February 2, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • DocLowery

      What does that mean? "IT IS NOT SAFE FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN". American women fight just like in our wars and die like men. So the Egyptian are to delicate to march and fight? The Egyptian women were and are the warriors of the Egyptian land. Please you sound like the sucker who wants to take away the rights and cover their bodies from head to toe because all you think about is what's in your pants.

      February 2, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • DocLowery

      Tree, you have no idea what you are talking about. There is nothing demure about Egyptian women. Discreet maybe. You and the rest of the lawless 2 million sounds like someone who wants to reverse Egypt back to a barbaric land. Make no doubt about it, if these men try, the women of Egypt's fury will be greater than any Egyptian man.

      February 2, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Promeloni

      The women are there. I just spoke to my cousin on her cell phone and she's still in Tahrir Square.

      The pro-government thugs are NOT demonstrators. Those are murderers armed with swords, knives, sticks, and other weapons. The unarmed demonstrators were being slaughtered by those murderers

      February 2, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. portalpunk

    Does anyone want some lemonaide or cookies? Who cares what happens over there.

    February 2, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • bbay123

      screw u!

      February 2, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Egyptian

      just because you are warm eating chips and drinking soda and your life is good does not mean that you should not care about others and if that is all of what Americans are feeling this way – Then let me tell you this you are dependable on Egypt for gas and shipping your country goods – Oh and BTW you will see how high all of the goods will increase
      So be diplomatic in your views and care about others as well as yourself – for what you are saying proves that you are ignorant – If USA has all of the freedom and rights for its people that it claims then all of Americans should support Egyptians and if you have any comment mail me on my e-mail

      February 2, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • eurozonefailure

      most goes to and from china through that canal... btw

      February 2, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Thank you Egyptian, Not all of us people from the USA are like the people on here. Some of us do care and we support you 100%, you have the right to stand against what you believe are injustices against you and your people.

      Its a shame that there has to be violence involved.

      February 2, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Daniel

    Most everyone belives Mubarak's time is up. I hope our own senator's take note that 30 years in office is enough. or 10 years for that matter. Even if you want the current President removed, If you have half a brain you would not go out and mix it up with radicals.

    February 2, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ROZEN

    I don't know if you guys saw the footage of pro-Mobarok militias are attacking protesters. The people charging with horses and camels are the Egyptian police. Civilians in Cairo DON'T use horse or camel (only a few uses donkey.) Only POLICE uses horses and camels. These aggressions on peaceful protesters show one more time why 'Egyptians' are fighting for their freedom.

    February 2, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big G

      Does the current power structure in Egypt really think the world is so stupid as to believe the pro-government activists are really pro-government?

      February 2, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • G

      The dispersed police force must be acting as pro-goverment demonstraters

      February 2, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
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