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. Liz

    Praying for peace in EGYPT a beautiful country that I have often visited and have grown to love. Just wondering what is preventing the United Nations from taking a leading role in protecting peaceful protest. While I am very concerned about the recent crisis in Egypt...I really hope the USA does not try to intervene without the collaboration of other like minded nations.

    February 2, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      I agree! Why isn't the United Nations there???

      February 2, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • artistchd


      February 2, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Let these Arabs kill each other. We'll all be better off, they're worse than wild animals. They can go to heaven and get their 72 virgins

      February 2, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pari, from India

      I am saddened to see Egypt this way, the country i visited where i was looked after so well. Country with so much of knowledge, Mubarak must understand he is no longer the choise and just step down. cant be so selfish.

      February 2, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trystin

      I completely agree with Liz. Very well said. Though I just want to throw it out there that the Egyptian president seems arrogant to refuse to resign. Sure, I`m certain most people are at first reluctant to give up a form of power. Think of Bush while the `08 elections where running. Anywho, this leader seems to be more focused on his status as a national figurehead than the people of his country.

      February 3, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Ortiz-A227

      I agree with you, the United Nations should step up and do something about what's going on with Egypt. However, I also think that the people in Egypt are doing things wrong they shouldn't go crazy like that. They are affecting their government and their country. I think they should do things more calmly and think through it.

      February 3, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • You're Nuts

      Artistchd, your Mind never existed either. Ask Santa Claus for one at Christmas!

      February 3, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • ocasioA227

      i do not agree with you!!!....

      i think this comment is out of place because god does exist!!..., and plus god does what ever he wants with his people..." he is god " this is my way of believing

      February 4, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. ahmed hussein

    People of Egypt, we feel your pain. We feel your hate. Hosni Mubarak"s defiance and intransigence, despite the demands of the Egyptian people for him to step down and leave the country, leaves the people with only one alternative.
    The Egyptian people must now storm the Egyptian palace and drag Mubarak out of the palace, and if necessary give him his death wish on Egyptian soil. When you capture Mubarak, behead him and throw his head into the Nile River for the crocodiles to eat.

    Otherwise, place Mubarak on a plane to some European capital where he can spend all of the billions of dollars that he and his family members have stolen from the Egyptian Treasury. London and Pairs welcome corrupt disposed dictators.

    People of Egypt, Mubarak has laid down the gauntlet. The battle becomes bloody after Mubarak's speech of defiance. Mubarak just does not get it. The people of Egypt demand that Mubarak step down now and leave the country immediately. Egypt is not big enough for Mubarak and the rest of the Egyptian people who demand that Mubarak go.

    Avoid more bloodshed, Mubarak. Leave NOW.

    February 2, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Helene - Philadelphia

      I strongly believed that the military would take over and overthrow Mubarak if he did not leave on his own. Now I believe it is up to the people to do so. Yesterday, there were over a million people from all walks of life marching peacefully without incident. The incidents against the people and the media today are completely unacceptable.

      Nicolas Sarkozy would not accept Ben Ali and I am sure he would not accept Mubarak. Mubarak is kidding himself to think that he is looking out for the people by trying to stay until elections in September. This is only going against the wishes of the people. They want you out. He is obviously not paying attention to what is going around him. The Egyptians are tired of being oppressed and want freedom. I applaud all Egyptians for standing up for your rights. I welcome the day when Mubarak is gone to give you the opportunity for democracy. I hope this day will come very soon.

      February 2, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • ahmed hussein

      To the brave people of Egypt, never give up. Never back down. Hosni Mubarak and his American made fighter jets, helicopters, tanks and tear gas cannot kill all of the people of Egypt. Mubarak's speech of defiance means you the people of Egypt must take your struggle for freedom and democracy to the next level. You must now march from the square to Mubarak's palace and remove him. Mubarak's military will try and stop you with their guns and tanks.

      Don't be deterred by pro-Mubarak paid thugs in plain clothers, on horses and camels..

      If Mubarak orders his military to mow down 10 thousand of you as you march for freedom, another 10 thousand Egyptians will follow to defend freedom. Stay organized into groups of 10 thousand. Organize into 100 groups of 10 thousand. One group of 10 thousand replaces another group of 10 thousand, working in 8 hour shifts. Take food and water to each group of 10 thousand, keeping guard on their 8 hour shift. .

      Never leave Tahrir Square empty. It is now or never. The people will win. Mubarak has the blood of Egypt on his hands every day that he remains in power.

      Mubarak get on the next plane and leave Egypt NOW to avoid further bloodshed! You are a very evil and selfish man.

      February 2, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. DrMeyer

    URGENT: Egyptian Army Changed position and is Helping Police Now
    Breaking URGENT News:
    New Development Now: The government secret police Surrounding the armless demonstartors with fire, Police Dogs and Electric Sticks NOW 3am preparing to attack them. Please Let the World know NOW.. People are asking for Help..

    February 2, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bill Purkins

    Egypt Mubarak Riots Protest Unrest Turmoil Debacle Just Code Words to Hide Truth – Egypt's real problem? "Oil production crosses swords with oil consumption," explains publisher, opinion editor and philosophical minimalist Bill Purkins, adding, "Wrap your head bones around the truth, that's your unrest." Egypt's real problem- oil consumption > production
    (Press Release) – Feb 02, 2011 – Wrap your head bones around the truth. Egypt's real problem: "oil production crosses swords on the chart with oil consumption," explains publisher, opinion editor and philosophical minimalist Bill Purkins.

    February 2, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Reelection stategy

    Each M1A1 main battle tank sold to Egypt provides the livelyhood that payes several mortgages in the US. The US also sells them f16 fighters and so on.
    The fine lifestyle enjoyed by many bankers, hedge fund managers and politicians is dependent on a stable Egypt.
    The powers that be will manage this situation effectively. This has nothing to do with the man in the street chanting" LIBERTY LIBERTY LIBERTY!"

    February 2, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • come on

      Do not be fooled. Public perception of how uncle Sam responds to this crisis is very important.
      Also a secret device has been planted in each tank and aircraft so that we can shut them down in just such a case as the event we are witnessing. It's like onstar for tanks.

      February 2, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Al

    What are the western democracies waiting for? That Egypt is lost to a new Islamic extremist government endangering the world? Enough is enough. The dictator must go NOW and begin an orderly transaction to a democracy. Or this country will definitely be lost to the extremists. Mubarak must go. NOW!!!!!

    February 2, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • greeneA227

      I agree with you 100% It is time for the dictator to go!

      February 3, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • hymon-a227

      I Totally agree , with your statement , I Believe that the Dictator should have been gone a long time ago .

      February 4, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous A227

      Agreed, what everyone say

      February 4, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  7. Melanie W.

    The American teacher who is helping as a makeshift medic just mentioned that the military was taking pro-democracy/anti-Mubarak protesters' weapons and hiding them behind their tanks! I haven't read the previous blogs but it seems that this speaks volumes as to whose side the military is on!

    February 2, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ariel

      The "pro-Mubarack protesters" have since been outed as plainclothes police and security forces, PLUS actual jailed thugs freed (with a promise of cash) to attack the peaceful demonstrators. This they did in coordinated and extremely violent ways, under the totally passive army troops (which had been ordered to keep to themselves).

      I guess the dictator's lust for power is too big to simply resign. What happens next is anyone's guess. Violence may cow ordinary civilian people back into resigned submissions, but then again it may create enough hatred that the people really start a violent revolution. In the later case a true Islamic nation will be born and the dictator's former supporters (US, Israel) will be its enemies.

      February 2, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bill Purkins

    Egypt Mubarak Riots Protest Unrest Turmoil Debacle Just Code Words to Hide Truth – Egypt's real problem? "Oil production crosses swords with oil consumption," publisher Bill Purkins

    February 2, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. DoubleDump

    Funny isn't it? Our governments only asked citizens to leave right before the Mubarak thugs started beating. That's right all the western governments told their citizens to leave now so they wouldn't get beaten. They knew in advance because the plan was launched before hand,. That's why it took so long to respond and arrange for charters. It wasn't until Mubarak decided to beat their people that Harper arranged to remove Canadians. All the western governments knew the plan all along.

    February 2, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Neurotoxin

      Would the media please, for the love of the god of their choosing, stop referring to these thugs as "pro-Mubarak protesters"? I don't care if the US State Department insists on this. There is something out there called responsible journalism and I suggest you use your First Amendment right to freedom of the press to exercise it. It is clear to the entire world watching that these are the same police and security forces that have already been expelled from Cairo once, changed into plain clothes and armed with makeshift weapons to make them look legitimate. They are attacking foreign press in hopes it will leave so they can do Mubarak's dirty work and mow down the protesters, and Mubarak's government keeps ordering people to go home and obey the curfew, yet hasn't said a thing in condemnation of these provocateurs. How much more evidence do you need? Stop assisting the western governments in pretending this revolution can be stopped, nothing is going to keep Mubarak in power and every day that they encourage him to keep trying brings more blood is shed, more infrastructure destroyed, and so forth. There is blood on the hands of every lying journalist.

      February 2, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. DrMeyer

    URGENT: Breaking URGENT News:
    Egyptian Army Changed position and is Helping Police Now
    New Development Now: The government secret police Surrounding the armless demonstartors with fire, Police Dogs and Electric Sticks NOW 3am preparing to attack them. Please Let the World know NOW.. People are asking for Help..

    February 2, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Omneya Kishk

    Serious help is needed to defend the young Egyptian protesters in Tahreer Square, Alexandria and all over Egypt. It is a shame that we are watching peaceful demonstrators being killed and beaten by thugs and doing nothing. On the macro vision not stopping the masacare will lead to further unrest in the middle east since democracy may be killed in this process.

    February 2, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ortiz-A227

      I agree, the children a young people should be protected more specially now. However, they caused their own problems because now they don't have a leader or a president now that make the laws happen. I think because there is nobody to make the order happen criminals will go a do whatever they want.

      February 4, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. Sanity

    Mubarak's thugs are now killing the doctors and volunteers that are taking care of the hurt peaceful protesters !! they are blocking the medical aid from Tahrir square... this is an utter massacre !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I just saw it on Aljazeera ... PLS DON"T be a by-stander and let your reps know that the US will not 'tolerate' this, neither will human rights organizations... sanctions must begin NOW until the system is gone and the killing/hurting stops !! PLS

    February 2, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Wale

    All the world must protect the Egyptians NOW ..... Mubarak Going to kill all of them tonight .....

    February 2, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sam

    Muarak supporters are thugs they are getting paid to be there. They are firing gun shots & tear gas on protesters!? (Police officers amongst them?). Many reports that the great massacre will start before dawn in few hours. They are brining Dogs in buses. The Army is not allowing any Medical support in. Please Mr. President Help.

    February 2, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. 123456789

    Obama stop playing both sides and start standing up for "democracy"

    February 2, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • mr.blacka227

      I agree that obama should try to do something. for example trying to get the person to resign from office and leadership. The last reason is he should donate books so that people can learn. They can learn about history that they didn't already know and math,science,reading.

      February 4, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • ocasioA227

      obama should try to convince mubarak to get out of place... why ?? because of what i see nobody wants him. they need a new " Ruler"

      February 4, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
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