Egypt crisis: Death toll at 11, health ministry says; 916 injured
Demonstrators continued to gather in Cairo's Tahrir Square Saturday morning in defiance of a government-imposed curfew.
February 4th, 2011
10:25 AM ET

Egypt crisis: Death toll at 11, health ministry says; 916 injured

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 5:05 a.m. in Cairo, 10:05 p.m. ET] CNN is broadcasting from a hidden location in Cairo amid threats against journalists. CNN freelancer journalist Ian Lee reports that sporadic gunfire around Tahrir Square subsided around 2:30 a.m. in Cairo. The Army fired the shots in the air in an effort to disperse pro-Mubarak protesters trying to breach the lines separating them from anti-government activists lingering in the square in defiance of a government-imposed curfew, a source tells Lee.

[Update 4:30 a.m. in Cairo, 9:30 p.m. ET] A spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood, told CNN's John King that his organization will not participate in Egypt's general election now planned for September. He said that any talks regarding Egypt's future should only take place after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak steps down.

"We are not looking for any power at all," Essam el-Erian said.

[Update 3:55 a.m. in Cairo, 8:55 p.m. ET] Egypt's one small nuclear reactor, used primarily for medical research, has been shut down and is now secure, a U.S. State Department official said. Egyptian soldiers have been deployed to the Nuclear Research Center in Inshas, an area about 40 miles from the scene of the worst protests in Cairo, according to the official.

[Update 4:30 a.m. in Cairo, 9:30 p.m. ET] Ammar Sherie is a renowned musician. Naguib Sawiris made billions in the telecom business. Veteran diplomat Amre Moussa is the Arab League's secretary-general.

These three and 16 other Egyptians have put their heads and hearts together to form the "Committee of the Wise," a group of independent elite that wants to be at the table during crucial government transition talks.

The committee late Friday called on protests to continue at Tahrir Square every Tuesday and Friday until President Hosni Mubarak "resigns and makes true the demands of the people."

Mubarak, who has led the African nation for three decades, said he has no intention of stepping down until September, when his term ends. But 11 days of bloody protests and high tension have offered no assurance
of that outcome.

[Update 3:30 a.m. in Cairo, 8:30 p.m. ET] Five human rights activists - including two from Amnesty International and one from Human Rights Watch - were released Friday by Egyptian military police, the two groups said in statements. They were among some 35 people - including international reporters and Egyptian lawyers and activists, some of whom remain in custody, according to the two groups' statements - detained on Thursday at the Hisham Mubarak Law Center in Cairo.

[Update 3:00 a.m. in Cairo, 8:00 p.m. ET] Protesters in Iraq took to the streets again Friday, showing solidarity with popular demonstrators in Egypt that they say inspired them to publicly voice concerns about their own government.

[Update 2:45 a.m. in Cairo, 7:45 p.m. ET] The Egyptian government viewed U.S. President Barack Obama's statement Friday as very "positive," according to an official under Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, saying that it "clarified innuendos" that had left a lot of ambiguity as to how the White House sees events in Egypt. The Egyptian official said the remarks about Mubarak's objectives create a better atmosphere for a transition.

[Update 2:18 a.m. in Cairo, 7:17 p.m. ET] iReporter and bookstore manager Dax Bennett Roque took these pictures at today's "Day of Depature" rally in Cairo's Tahrir Square, capturing the protest calling for President Hosni Mubarak's resignation from various angles.

[Update 2:00 a.m. in Cairo, 7:00 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama condemned the attacks on journalists in Egypt Friday amid mounting criticism that President Hosni Mubarark is orchestrating the violence to suppress international coverage of bloodshed by pro-government operatives against peaceful protesters.

"We continue to be crystal clear that we oppose violence as a response to this crisis," Obama said. "We are sending a strong, unequivocal message: Attacks on reporters are unacceptable. Attacks on human rights activists are unacceptable. Attacks on peaceful protesters are unacceptable."

[Update 1:00 a.m. in Cairo, 6:00 p.m. ET] Protesters in the United States upset with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak gathered in New York City's Times Square Friday, demanding the embattled leader resign.

[Update 12:00 a.m. in Cairo, 5:00 p.m. ET] An Egyptian military spokesman said on state-run Nile TV that the curfew imposed across Cairo and beyond would extend from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily. This is a shorter span than had been imposed previously, with the curfew once going from 3 p.m. to 8 a.m. The government order has not appeared to keep anti-government demonstrators, as well as those favoring President Hosni Mubarak's regime, from hitting the streets.

[Update 10:52 p.m. in Cairo, 3:52 p.m. ET] A video circulating on YouTube shows what appears to be a white diplomatic van running over people in a crowd.

The video is dated the 28th of January and shows the van running over protestors in a street that appears to lead to Tahrir Square.

The U.S. State Department is very aware of the video and they are checking it out, says spokesman P.J. Crowley. He said it is possible it was a U.S. Embassy van stolen during the recent unrest.

[Update 10:25 p.m. in Cairo, 3:25 p.m. ET] President Barack Obama said the transition to a new government in Egypt "must begin now" in order to address the grievances of the Egyptian people. He also reiterated his opposition to the use of violence against protesters and members of the press.

Obama said it is his understanding that discussions between the government and the opposition have started. Negotiations must "include a broad represenation of the Egyptian opposition," he said. "The entire world is watching."

[Update 9:56 p.m. in Cairo, 2:56 p.m. ET] White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Friday the administration remains unsatisfied with the pace of change in Egypt. Change needs to begin in a "real and concrete and legitimate way," he told reporters.

[Update 9:48 p.m. in Cairo, 2:48 p.m. ET] Opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei told CNN Friday that he is willing to run for president "if people want" him to and if Egypt becomes a "democracy based on social justice." ElBaradei declined to elaborate when pressed on whether he planned to seek the presidency.

Catch more of the exclusive interview with Mohamed ElBaradei Friday night on "Parker Spitzer" at 8 ET.

[Update 8:48 p.m. in Cairo, 1:48 p.m. ET] The death toll from the violent clashes in Cairo's Tahrir Square has reached 11, Egypt's Health Ministry reported Friday. The ministry earlier said 916 people were injured during the clashes Wednesday.

[Update 8:18 p.m. in Cairo, 1:18 p.m. ET] Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq says compromises are key as the country pursues dialogue with opposition groups. Shafiq says opposition forces are helping Egypt "correct its path."

[Update 7:14 p.m. in Cairo, 12:14 p.m. ET] Authorities have no word on the whereabouts of three French journalists and a French researcher in Egypt, according to France's Foreign Ministry. The journalists work for Le Figaro newspaper and Magneto Presse, and the researcher is employed by Amnesty International, it said.

[Update 6:28 p.m. in Cairo, 11:28 a.m. ET] A security force accompanied by a "gang of thugs" stormed the office of the Muslim Brotherhood's news website Friday and arrested the journalists, technicians, and administrators who were present, the group said on its website. Eyewitnesses later saw those arrested taken to the headquarters of the nearby Interior Ministry, the group said.

[Update 6:02 p.m. in Cairo, 11:02 a.m. ET] Eyewitnesses tell CNN correspondent Ivan Watson that pro and anti-Mubarak protesters are fighting running battles close to Talaat Harb Square, one-third of a mile (0.5 kilometer) from Tahrir Square. CNN has not independently confirmed the report.

[Update 5:29 p.m. in Cairo, 10:25 a.m. ET] Contrasting tweets sent one minute apart by two CNN correspondents in Cairo:

Arwa Damon: Outside of square situ very tense, we has 2 B very subtle 2 film, small pro-mubarak grps gathering. "Life" at near standstill

Ben Wedeman: Stuck in friendly crowd of 500 waiting to get in to tahrir

[Update 5:25 p.m. in Cairo, 10:25 a.m. ET] Tens of thousands of Egyptians protesting in Cairo's Tahrir Square cheered an announcement on state television Friday that the public prosecutor had frozen the assets of the country's trade minister and imposed a travel ban on him.

[Update 5 p.m. in Cairo, 10 a.m. ET] A communique from the European Council, a conference of the leaders of 27 countries, called on Egyptian authorities "to meet the aspirations of the Egyptian people with political reform, not repression." "All parties should show restraint and avoid further violence and begin an orderly transition to a broad-based government," the communique read. "The European Council underlined that this transition process must start now."

[Update 4:22 p.m. in Cairo, 9:22 a.m. ET] About 5,000 people have been injured since the unrest in Egypt began, Egypt's health minister told the Al-Arabiya network on Friday.

[Update 4:08 p.m. in Cairo, 9:08 a.m. ET] Egypt's health minister told state TV Friday he plans to go to Cairo's Tahrir Square, check on the huge crowd and coordinate efforts with the country's military.

[Update 3:37 p.m. in Cairo, 8:37 a.m. ET] Navi Pillay, the U.N. human rights chief, said on Friday there must be a "transparent and impartial" probe into whether the violence in Egypt was planned.

[Update 3:16 p.m. in Cairo, 8:16 a.m. ET] About 35,000 people have taken to the streets Friday in the Egyptian city of Suez, a spokesman for opposition leader Ayman Nour told CNN.

A rocket-propelled grenade was fired at state security headquarters in the Egyptian Sinai town of El Arish, a government official told CNN Friday. The official, who asked not to be named because he is not authorized to speak about the incident, said the strike caused a fire but there were no casualties.

[Update 3:02 p.m. in Cairo, 8:02 a.m. ET] The spokesman for Al-Azhar University, the prestigious center for Sunni Muslim education in Cairo, told CNN Friday he has resigned from his position and joined the anti-government protesters in Tahrir Square.

[Update 2:53 p.m. in Cairo, 7:53 a.m. ET] Amre Moussa, the Arab League's secretary-general and a veteran Egyptian diplomat, joined protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday, state-run Nile TV reported. Time magazine has described him as "perhaps the most adored public servant in the Arab world."

[Update 2:45 p.m. in Cairo, 7:45 a.m. ET] Alan Fisher, an Al-Jazeera correspondent, sent a Twitter message saying "thugs" had stormed and trashed the network's Arabic office in Cairo.

British Prime Minister David Cameron says the Egyptian government has failed to meet the "aspirations" of its people for a "credible" transition, the BBC reports via Twitter.

[Update 1:44 p.m. in Cairo, 6:44 a.m. ET] The U.S. State Department says it has no evacuation flights from Egypt planned for Friday.

[Update 12:49 p.m. Friday in Cairo, 5:49 a.m. Friday ET] More protesters gathered Friday at a mosque in central Alexandria, Egypt's second-largest city. Writings on the walls leading to the mosque include "Pharaoh's last day," "leave us alone old man" and "game over."

The streets leading to the Al Kaed Ibrahim mosque were packed as a sermon began for midday prayers.

Pro-Mubarak groups were notably absent from Tahrir Square, where they clashed with anti-government protesters earlier this week.

Pro-government supporters are gathering at a mosque in Cairo for a "day of loyalty." Anti-government demonstrators are calling Friday for a "day of departure" and "day of farewell."

[Update 11:55 a.m. Friday in Cairo, 4:55 a.m. Friday ET] Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei said Friday that the uprising in Egypt is a blow to U.S. policies in the region, Iran's state media reported. "The people of Egypt, if they are able to push this through, this will be a defeat for the U.S.," he said.

[Update 11:10 a.m. Friday in Cairo, 4:10 a.m. Friday ET] Anti-government protesters beat drums, played music and chanted slogans at Tahrir Square, which has become ground zero for demonstrators demanding an end to Mubarak's three decades in power.

Military forces freed 18 journalists "captured by thugs and took them to a safe place," state media reported.

Egypt's defense minister is on his way to the square with some senior military officials, state media reported.

[Update 10:00 a.m. Friday in Cairo, 3:00 a.m. Friday ET] The Egyptian government's official figures on the number of people injured in unrest has climbed to 896, the country's health minister told state media. Eight people have been killed, he said.

[Update 9:17 a.m. Friday in Cairo, 2:17 a.m. Friday ET] Demonstrators had stacked piles of rocks Friday throughout Cairo's Tahrir Square, where a large number of people had already gathered by 9 a.m. (2 a.m. ET). Troops surrounded the area, and anti-government protesters manned their own security checkpoints. Anti-government demonstrators have dubbed Friday "Day of Farewell" and "Day of Departure" and planned large protests that they hope will prompt Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down.

[Update 6:56 a.m. Friday in Cairo, 11:56 p.m. Thursday ET] Egyptian authorities had stepped up security around Cairo's Tahrir Square early Friday morning, with additional troops in riot gear carrying automatic weapons and blocking the nearby October 6 bridge, CNN's Thomas Evans reported.

Troops have detained some people leaving the square, pointing guns at them and forcing them to lay on the ground.

Anti-government demonstrators have dubbed Friday "Day of Farewell" and "Day of Departure" and planned large protests that they hope will prompt President Hosni Mubarak to step down.

[Update 4:50 a.m. in Cairo, 9:50 p.m. ET] National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said Thursday night that U.S. officials have discussed with Egyptian officials "a variety of different ways" in which a new government could take shape. But Vietor stressed "all of those decisions must be made by the Egyptian people."

Also, a senior official in U.S. President Barack Obama's administration knocked down a New York Times report that the Egyptians and Americans were near consensus on a specific proposal.

[Update 4:47 a.m. in Cairo, 9:47 p.m. ET] Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman says blame for some of the unrest in Egypt goes to the media.

"I actually blame certain friendly nations who have television channels, they are not friendly at all, who have intensified the youth against the nation and the state," Suleiman told state-run Nile TV. "They are actually continuing. They have filled in the minds of the youth with wrongdoings, with allegations, and this is unacceptable."

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  1. jj

    really this is so stupid listen to the people let them have the freedom they should have....we need to become a world not countries or nations but one world...look usa take care of your people before you go running around spending millions on about startin with mexico...look at the drug war that's going on ther...hello its coming to the usa sooner are later start there

    February 4, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BatCat

    Mubarak in, Mubarak out... whatever... but it's good to see that the women of Egypt have finally had their right to keep and wear burkas in public restored...

    February 4, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. NoTax

    Most muslims that I m saw in my life were pathetic , aggressive persons. Let's them trough stones to each other, don't stop them

    February 4, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mearder

      Most muslims that I m saw in my life were pathetic , aggressive persons. Let's them trough stones to each other, don't stop them


      February 4, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sam

    Mubarak is not listening or playing dump, we need to freeze his assets and the assets of all his thugs. I think he wants to start a civil war. It seems his Vis president has no clue what to do either. They need to go together, all they doing is buying time and enjoying living in the palace as long as they can.

    February 4, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rodrigo

    -Hello, is it the UN?
    -Please leave a message...toot, toot, toot!!

    February 4, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Olive Branch

    I think the people should just back a uhaul up to the palace steps and sing in unison...

    naahh naaah naaah naaah naaah naaah naaah
    Hey hey hey goodbye!!

    February 4, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Speedro

    Rock throwing? This is all you can do? Did you not go to school, do you not have a job? This is the most pathetic BS I have seen in a while. Oh wait a minute, maybe if you had a job and went to school you would not be acting like a neanderthal.

    February 4, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Olive Branch

      Um yeah Speedro I believe you missed the exit. The whole reason they are protesting is because they can't find a job and their economy is in the crapper. You should try and get work in Egypt before you try to be an expert on the eqyptian economy.

      February 4, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nada

      Egyptians have jobs and go to school. We actually learn a lot. Those throwing rocks are basically thugs. The ones who want to loot and destroy other people's hard work because they were too lazy to work themselves. and by the way the American economy and that of some European countries is way worth then Egyptian economy. When the EU and USA economies went down the toilet, people lost jobs, their homes and possessions. None of that happened here.

      February 4, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      SPEEDRO: Do u even watch the news? Why are they protesting? Get the facts and then leave ur non-sense comments. What an idiot.....

      February 4, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Pinhead

    Go home you uneducated stone age people, you have no clue what you want, democracy is not for you people because you wouldnt know how to handle it. Your country will be destroyed after Mubarak leaves office. Get it you pinheads.....spinzone starts now!

    February 4, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Olive Branch

    See above message Pinhead, you armchair economists just kill me, experts at every corner!!

    February 4, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Alan

    The comments posted lead me to more understand the removal of the media, and their condemnation. A large portion of the people that are making comments, specifically regarding the religions aspects are spewing rhetoric and false information that has been fed to them by the media and there propagandistic approach to journalism. Some people here should actually do there own research and educate themselves about religion and stop regurgitating what the media spews forth.

    February 4, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Zultán

    Forever Mubarak!

    February 4, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Gleeful

    Muslims pelting each other instead of their women with rocks. Priceless.

    February 4, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • MacGruber

      protesting in cairo.. 11 deaths. restoring democracy and rebuilding a country 20 years. watching muslims throw rocks at each other.. priceless.

      February 4, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Brian

    "I believe in the True Religion – all 324 of them." – Mark Twain.........

    Is there anything more stupid and worthless than religion?

    February 4, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Olive Branch

      Uhh Politicians, idiots, low IQ bloggers?

      February 4, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alan

      Yes, your comments.

      February 4, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Olive Branch, i'll agree with the politicians but other than that, NOTHING is more ridiculous than religion. It's sad to see so many people in this world that need the religious "crutch" to deal with life. It's no different than someone who is addicted to drugs, they can't face reality.

      February 4, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pam

      Yes, religion has caused more wars and deaths than anything else. To believe all that fairyland bs, you just have to suspend all logic. No one knows if there is or isn't a God. The old creepy pope doesn't know anything more about it than the bum laying in the gutter. I hope there is a God. I hope there is a Heaven. But I'm sure not arrogant enough to say that there absolutely is one. Religion is for non-thinkers and sheep. Just being a decent human being is the goal, then if there is a God, you're cool. And if there isn't, at least people loved you for being a good person!

      February 4, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mandy pants

      PAM!!!! thank you!

      February 4, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Equus

    THE panic-stricken family of President Mubarak has reportedly fled Egypt for the luxurious refuge of their £8.5million London townhouse.
    The leader's son Gamal, 47, is said to have spearheaded the move, flying to Britain on a private jet with his own family and NINETY-SEVEN pieces of luggage. Have the Britz enjoy HIM.

    February 4, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quatchi


      February 4, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Quatchi

    To all the people posting here who are threatening "Accept Mubarak or you'll get someone worse":

    Your scare tactics are not working.
    We people around the world know what all this is about.
    It is a tough fight, but the Egyptian citizens will win eventually, hopefully sooner rather than later.
    Israel was born from injustice and hangs by a thread.
    Israel will soon fall. Injustice NEVER prevails.
    Suck it up, buttercup.

    February 4, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • MubarakCouldHaveBeenLIPENGofChina

      If that were what you want. then pray to your Allah, man!!! Continue to fight whenever you like.

      For me, I have never supported anarchy and chaos, instigated by extremists.

      February 4, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
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