Thursday, February 3, 2011

Gunfire in the vicinity of Tahrir Square

Heavy gunfire were heard in the vicinity of Tahrir Square in central Cairo
They lasted for several minutes. The square was the scene of clashes between supporters and opponent of President Hosni Mubarak. The army had come between them Thursday morning.
The violent clashes left six dead and 836 wounded Wednesday and Wednesday night to Thursday, according to the Ministry of Health. The shootings began around 2:30 p.m. (1230) on the 6th of October Bridge, which overlooks a portion of the site Abdelmoneim Riyadh, itself an extension of Tahrir Square, a symbolic place of the revolt in Egypt.
New clashes erupted between supporters and opponents of President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo at midday, while the army was interposed between the two camps.
Egyptian soldiers stood between supporters and opponents of the president, who are now separated by 80 meters, according to a Reuters correspondent. The soldiers called the anti-Mubarak protesters to retreat a few meters, while the pro-Mubarak asked the army to protect them, according to an AFP journalist on the spot.
The violence resumed when the driver of a chariot steered his turret toward the pro-Mubarak who threw stones at opponents from a higher ground, Reuters reported. The soldiers were then driven from their position.
The place was covered with stones and rubble, tens of thousands of demonstrators chanting anti-Mubarak "the people want the execution of the butcher," surrounded by army tanks. Thousands of protesters have spent the night.
Mubarak's supporters arrested 120 people were caught by the opponents, according to organizers of the opposition demonstration cited by Reuters. This, they say, police or members of the ruling made, mostly, when they attacked the demonstrators.
Those arrested were handed over to the army.
Many opponents hit by bullets in the night Night and early morning, on Tahrir Square, sporadic shooting from the deck of October, which were positioned supporters of President Hosni Mubarak, has again left many injured. The shots began to be heard around 4am.
"We had four people including one here getting shot in the forehead," he said Thursday morning at the doctor Mohammed Ismail told AFP from a hospital campaign mounted on a square adjacent to Tahrir Square, where opponents of the regime come together for over a week.
The latest figures reported three killed in early morning, according to another doctor, Dr. Bahaa Amr, who was in a makeshift hospital in a mosque near the site. It was "a lot with gunshot wounds," he added, estimating the total number of wounded since Wednesday in more than a thousand.
Anti-government demonstrators wounded cry, Tahrir Square in Cairo slogans against Mubarak (03-02-11) The fighting was extremely violent, with stones, sticks, iron bars and knives sometimes. Wednesday night, vice-president Omar Suleiman has called on demonstrators to go home.
According to an unconfirmed report of the UN, the clashes of the first week of protest in Egypt killed at least 300 dead and thousands injured.
Prime Minister ready to go to see the protesters Tahrir Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik said he was ready to go Thursday to Tahrir Square, the epicenter of opposition to the regime in central Cairo, to discuss with the demonstrators, according to remarks quoted by the agency Mena.
But groups of young pro-democracy activists nitiateurs of the protest movement have rejected Thursday the offer of dialogue before demanding the departure of President Hosni Mubarak, said a representative told AFP. The National Coalition for Change includes several opposition groups including the Muslim Brotherhood movement and the Kefaya (Enough).
The Vice-President of Egypt Omar Suleiman began a "dialogue" with political parties and national forces, "said public television. Demonstrators on Tahrir Square participate in the dialogue, according to Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik, cited by the chain .
Request to investigate the violence Tahrir Square Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik apologized Thursday for deadly clashes in recent hours between supporters and opponents of President Hosni Mubarak on Tahrir Square in central Cairo, and requested an investigation.
European leaders call for change The "transition" in Egypt "must start now" because "only a rapid and orderly transition to a broader representation in government will overcome the challenges Egypt faces today," said Thursday in a Joint Declaration EU leaders Nicolas Sarkozy, Angela Merkel, David Cameron, Jose Luis Zapatero, and Silvio Berlusconi.
They condemned "those who use or promote violence" and called for "respect the right to protest."
In a telephone call to the Vice-President Omar Suleiman, the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton condemned the "shocking" clashes.
Washington urged Americans to leave the country to go "immediately" to Cairo airport, warning that "additional U.S. flights after Thursday are unlikely."
The spokesman of the French government Baroin also invited the French who did not "emergency or urgent obligation to stay on Egyptian territory" to "return as soon as possible." But none of the French evacuation is planned at the moment, "said Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie.

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