Egypt protests, topless man injured 311.
(photo credit: AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Egyptian officials reported Saturday that the death toll in this week's unrest has risen to 35, including 10 policemen.Overnight, the government called in military
forces and by morning the army had replaced police in guarding
government buildings and other key areas.
They say the death toll was likely to significantly rise as more reports come in from hospitals and morgues around the country. They also say that at least 750 policemen and 1,500 protesters have been wounded in clashes. The officials were speaking Saturday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to share the information with the media.
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Hundreds of anti-government protesters returned
Saturday to the streets of central Cairo, chanting slogans against Hosni
Mubarak just hours after the Egyptian president fired
Cabinet and promised
reforms but refused to step down.
sight of protesters pouring into Cairo's downtown Tahrir Square for a
fifth day indicated Mubarak's words in a televised speech shortly after
midnight had done little to cool the anger over Egypt's crushing
poverty, unemployment and corruption.
Police opened fire on a number of the protesters according to eyewitness reports, al-Jazeera reported.
Al-Jazeera also reported that one of its correspondents saw 23 bodies at the morgue in the Egyptian city of Alexandria following protests there on Friday.
Several tanks were
parked in the vast Tahrir Square, but soldiers did not intervene in
Saturday's protest there. Not far from the square, the army sealed off
the road leading to the parliament and Cabinet buildings.
the Nile, smoke was still billowing from the ruling party's
headquarters, which protesters set ablaze during Friday's unrest, the
most dramatic day of protests since the unrest began on Tuesday.
Saturday, mobile phone services were restored after a
government-ordered communications blackout aimed at stopping Friday's
protests. Protesters have used text messaging and social networking
websites to coordinate demonstrations.
Vodafone and Mobinil cell
phone services were working Saturday morning, about 24 hours after they
were cut. Internet service appeared to remain down.
Friday that the Egyptian government had ordered all mobile telephone
operators to suspend services "in selected areas" of the country.
Britain-based Vodafone Group PLC is one of the largest mobile phone
operators in Egypt, with more than 25 million subscribers.