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. dogface

    I know dude far out...i got my water bottle.

    February 2, 2011 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. Clarity

    CNN should make it CLEAR to the viewers that what is being called Groups of PRO-MUBARAK supporters are nothing but the entire POLICE crews dressed up as civilians and ordered to create CHAOS. This is the TRUTH and it should be made clear to viewers. These are not PRO-MUBARAK supporters, these are employees of the regime, getting PAID to hurt the protestors, rather than conducting business as usual as policemen and protect the People. We urge CNN to make this CLEAR.

    February 2, 2011 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. Steve-0

    "CNN's Anderson Cooper said he and his production crew were attacked by pro-Mubarak demonstrators earlier Wednesday."

    Well get out of Egypt you flipping idiot. I hope this guy get his head stomped into the ground for going directly into a place of intense conflict. I have no pity for you or your CNN crew Anderson Stooper.

    February 2, 2011 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  4. 1BlackDragon

    I am so relieved that the Egyptian people are finally getting involved and taking responsibility for their way of life and freedoms. The Egyptian people are taking a stand against these disruptive protesters, who do not have the best interests of the Egyptian people,their life and history in mind. They realize no one will step forward and speak for them or protect them, like they can do for themselves. They realize the military can't come in and fire on their own country men and they don't want civil war. These Egyptians are not so much pro-Mubarak as they are pro-Egypt. Looking at the media stream on this situation it's difficult at times to know who exactly is the enemy. The Egyptian people know who their enemy is, and it's not Mubarak. I commend Mubarak for his actions at this time by showing great restraint. He stands noble for his his country. We should look in our own back yards as to who the enemy is. Can we recognize the enemy among us? Would we sick our dogs on our neighbours? Mubarak and the Egyptian people are faced with a similar problem, that has world wide repercussions. May the rays of Ra light their way.

    February 2, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. rehab

    Appeal to the United Nations Angzoa the people of Egypt and Egypt's youth of the civil war caused by the President Hosni Mubarak Mubarak to all of us do notالاستماع
    قراءة صوتية للكلمات
    القاموس – عرض القاموس المفصلاسم0.call0.roll call

    February 2, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. al-McHabibs

    Beware the caliphate!

    February 2, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  7. fatcook

    EGYPT: When said "begin transition now", Barak Obama did insult his intelligence. Transit to WHOM? The opposition leader? The people who burned police cars or to ...Hilary Clinton?

    When American are trying to be friends of the world, some of their politicians just show their arrogance.


    February 2, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  8. dogface

    If this where our country and it maybe soon it would be Repugs vs Demorats. There are some repugs i would like to shoot.

    February 2, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. charles bowen

    If you put plain clothes on Police officers they look just like civilians do'nt they. And now we see the other sibe of this story unfold. Mubarak will have his blood ,and a pound of egyptian flesh. When a politician causes this much decent it is time for him to go! Do'nt let this tyrant destroy Egypt . Remove Mubarak or he will remove You. Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

    February 2, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  10. Ibrahim

    The people in the streets that do not want to compromise are a minority of the egyptian views. All these conspiracy theories regarding disguised officers and thugs creating chaos are part of an attempt to extend protests. People are not getting access to their livelihoods because of these uneducated minority that the world has a shed a light on to display a general anger of the egyptian people. Political reform is transitional, any attempt to finally relieve the national stress regardless of the method is for the sake of the majority who want to get to work, who want continue their lives.

    February 2, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • George Carlin

      i wouldnt call confiscated and displayed police ids a "conspiracy" looks like hard evidence to me

      February 2, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  11. mike

    did anybody else notice that the attacks kicked off exactly at 1430 local time, about an hour or so of the pro arrivals.

    February 2, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Cal

      Mubarak is doing everything to stay in power. If it means provoking violence and creating chaos he will. It is all about him. He could care less about the Egyptian people.He is a ruthless dictator who needs to be removed from power.

      February 2, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Dudesdad

      No need to worry – God has it all.under control.

      February 2, 2011 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      I wonder how all that hopie changie thing is working out for anderson cooper now?

      February 2, 2011 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
    • lucluck

      pro Mubarak protesters are all security forces such as policemen and intelligence staff and government employees who came in civilian clothes and attached the peaceful protesters by horses, camels and donkeys.

      February 2, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Egyptian

      Did anyone notice the gangster nature of the so called "Mubarak Supporters", and did you notice that they were the only ones with guns! This is because they are paid to do this. None of the Mubarak Supporters is an educated middle class citizen, they are all paid poor illiterate citizens who have no other way of making a living other than this. These are organized anti-protest riots organized by Mubarak's regime....this is exactly why he should go.

      February 2, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • say what now?

      I really hate to say but if you want democracy you have to include everybody, yes and that's including poor illiterate citizens.

      February 2, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob Dobalina

      @DUDESDAD.......I hope you are bieng sarcastic......god won't save them, change things, or help in anyway....just like Santa won't, the Easter Bunny won't, nor any other fictional character.......might as well say it's in the hands of Kermit the Frog now.

      February 2, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Mathew Morgan

      Mubarak planned this violence... why is the rest of the world and International community not making efforts to protect the ongoing human rights violations with regards to how Mubarak is handling this crisis and foremost Mubarak's actions, through the Pro-Mubarak forces... He will not stop until his "paid supporters" kill or subdue the Anti-government protesters... If Mubarak does succeed in squashing the protesters, what is to keep him from revoking his decision to run again, or pass power to his son... it would be easy for Mubarak to say he still has major support of the people...

      February 2, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • ahmed

      To the Western media: Stop reporting these clashes as between "pro-Mubarak" and anti-Mubarak demonstrators. They are not "pro-Mubarak" but rather paid-by-Mubarak. You're hurting the cause of the Egyptian people in this crucial hour.

      February 2, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Anthony

      I am really supprise to see how some of our African leaders are very ruthless. i presume Mubarak has to face trial for crimes against humanity .

      February 2, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Zeo

      Yes, these are the "security" forces that have oppressed Eqyptian citizens for decades now. Mubarak says he will not run for re-election but will stay in power to ensure a peaceful transition. To ensure he needs to be around, he unleashes his paid thugs but acts like they are just supporters. Shameful that media like CNN is buying into this deception. CNN, you want me as a viewer who respects the info you hand out - THEN GET IT RIGHT AND SAY IT LIKE IT IS

      February 2, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Marc

      Has anyone noticed that the lack of police in the streets of Egypt and the sudden onslaught after President Mubarak's remarks on state TV that the Police are in sheep's clothing could very well be the pro-Mubarak protesters. As stated in a post above Mubarak would do anything to hold on to his power for as long as he can.

      February 2, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • chris

      This is in reply to Joe. It appears as if the hopie change thing is spreading more democracy, by the people, for the people than the wars that were brought by the right wing war mongers in this country. Wars by the way that were originally claimed to be because of Weapons of Mass destruction and then claimed to be to free the Iraqi people and spread democracy. These wars were really more about all of the decisions made by right-wingers,money. Hope you become enlightened someday.

      February 2, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. Revo

    Chaos in Egypt protests all of a sudden?

    Mossad is that you?

    February 2, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • stargazer

      If you think this is good for Israel and they wanted to start this then you are an uninformed idiot who seems to display your idiocy well. Moron.

      February 2, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      No this is Mubarak.

      February 2, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Cal

      A senile ruthless dictator gasping to remain in power as Egypt falls into chaos. This is Mubarack's legacy..

      February 2, 2011 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • LauraJ

      Um, wrong issue Revo. The Jew haters article is on another site. Israel has nothing to do with this, no matter how much you try to make it sound like it. Really pathetic.

      February 2, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  13. EgyptionFreedom

    USA and Israel want Mubarak to stay in power as long as possible until they find a suitable puppet to replace him. They're probably the ones who wrote his damn speech.

    February 2, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • LauraJ

      Fundamentally, the USA believes from its very foundation in the right of self determination. Read our Declaration of Independence. The enumerated rights were not about Americans, they were about ALL MEN. Egyptians must chose their future and we must all live with that choice. Our only interest is to see its an open choice.

      February 2, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  14. tom

    they are finially starting to realize who is behind the revolution.....the muslim brotherhood and the support of iran..... this is going to be the start of many many years of unrest and the iran regime....they better be happy bc some times what u ask for is not what u get in the end.....muslims are to ingorant to have a democracy bc they always are lead by one man and not by a list of rules like christians....

    February 2, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • AV

      Is spelling out because really that difficult for you?

      February 2, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Nancy

      AV, you should check your own sentence structure before you hit submit. C'mon, that whole "spelling argument" is so passe. Much of the world is illiterate, but that doesn't mean that those who are illiterate are stupid. Being able to understand complex concepts, being able to read between the lines, and finding ways to communicate effectively (verbally for example) are valuable skills as well.

      February 2, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • say what now?

      Heard of the Pope?

      February 2, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Yes I have

      Popeuri – Am assortment of dry flowers and leaves that give off a nice smell.

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


      February 2, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • American

      For someone that cant spell you sure know everything about whats going on in Egypt.

      February 2, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • mybluenoodle

      It's not important that I am shown to be right. It's not important that you are shown to be right. It is certainly not important that your spelling is right. However, I think its of paramount importance to understand that if you're experience with a "Christian" leads you to believe that they are followers of "a list of rules," I would submit that both your and they are missing the point. More than any other 'religion' I've studied, genuine Christianity (not the pop culture version, I'm talking about the version that the inconvenient truth of the Bible is clear about) is precisely about "being led by one man." If a Christian is not being "led by one man" then they are being led by man's ideas, not the God-inspired truth of the Bible. It is, in fact, about Jesus (the "one Man"). If you are tempted to argue over my use of the word "fact"....keep digging........"No Captain, It's just that your information on the Mig is inaccurate." - Top Gun

      February 2, 2011 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • JNIcholas

      You must be rather ignorant of history. Iran was once a democracy until we (the US) overthrew their democratically elected government in the 1950s and put the shah back in power (that was over access to oil). The shah, like Mubarak, was a tyrannt who brutally suppressed any opposition – even pro democratic oppostion. The anger and resentment among the Iranian people finally culminated in the 1979 revolution. Now, had we just minded our own business and not put the shah back in power, Iran today would likely still be a democracy because none of that anger and resentment of living under a tyrannt would have existed, thus no reason to revolt. But of course people like you will not learn from past mistakes, you are more comfortable with simplistic black and white answers that do not require much insight. Oh, by the way, Turkey is a democracy.

      February 2, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |

      JNIcholas is absolutely correct. I am old now, but during the Cold War, I assisted in making various films (chiefly, anti-Communist propaganda) for foreign export. I was therefore (then) uniquely positioned to know, for example, that we (the United States) has overthrown or contributed to the overthrow of some 600 governments in the last 40 years. We then had a telephone number we would call (just six digits rather than seven), and the person(s) who answered announced themselves as "Poppa." [Any old CIA folks reading this?] Poppa sent us many things, including (once) two mis-labelled reels encased in thick green polymer packs, and in those packs, film of a Chilean stadium happening. We called and dutifully returned that footage. In any event, if ever the peoples of the Mid-East (especially in nations whose inhabitants are chiefly Muslim) had a chance for freedom, this is that moment. Churchill supported the Balfour Declaration (and all it later represented) for his memory of Gallipoli (the Strait). The Suez is the relevant issue here, but further back even than that are natural resources. or nearly ten decades now, this has been the dominating theme and thought (Standard Oil, in 1904, had many foreign arms; so also, when we focus too closely on Zapata [1953, Bush], we forget that in all nations that bore such resources, we or UK was/were there. Only in the 1970s, however, did CIA lose itself to overwhelming influence of corporations. Such corruption was poison then and it's poison now). It's time for the Mid-East to see freedom. On Friday, the Egyptians should gather en masse, sacrifice the lives necessary, enter the palace, and depose Mubarak. It's that simple. These people are chiefly young and, contrary to what's often said here, educated and savvy. They understand that their nation is held hostage for United States and British interests. Israel, although it's politically incorrect to say, is nothing but an American aircraft carrier. But for its strategic significance (again, see what I've written above), we would abandon it. Today, the Egyptians have a chance for freedom from bondage (which is not precisely the same as freedom proper, at least not as we Americans understand it). They deserve it and should have it. And if there are Egyptian Muslims reading this, I say to you (as a Christian American) the following: Insha'Allah. Take it to him and kick him out.

      February 2, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • mtfrommd

      This Christian says please sit down and be quiet – you are making the rest of us look bad...

      February 2, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • artistchd

      “Jesus NEVER Existed says Pastor Ray Hagins “

      February 2, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • OrtizA227

      You shouldn't said that because people don't think what you think. For some people god do exist.

      February 4, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • David Davidson

      The Muslim people are not led by one man. In fact, they're one of the few religions in the world that are not led by one man. They have no established head of church. They're a collection of separate groups with their own leaders for each group with the coalition of all of them believing in the same God. If that's being led by one man, I don't know how Christianity gets a pass.

      And make an effort to spell properly if you're trying to make a point. Otherwise, people will just ignore you.

      February 2, 2011 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      Ephesians 1
      20Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

      21Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

      22And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head* over all things to the church,

      Christ is the head of the Christian church...

      February 2, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • dapinaybanger

      the reason is they dont use a church cause theyre monotheistic unlike the polytheistic paganistic church rituals and doctrines

      February 2, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cal

      Baloney. People want freedom. Something you and I enjoy......

      February 2, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  15. Ibrahim

    Here in egypt, people want the protests to end. The majority does!

    February 2, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • rafaMEX

      yeah protest WILL end as soon as Mubarak goes away. thats the point of the protest.

      February 2, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
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