RELATED:Pro-Mubarak rioters hurl Molotov cocktails at opposition4 Israeli journalists arrested, then released in CairoShafik told state TV, "I offer my apology for everything that happened yesterday because it's neither logical nor rational." The public apology from a top government official was highly unusual. Shafik called the attack a "blatant mistake" and promised to investigate "so everyone knows who was behind it."On Wednesday, pro-Mubarak demonstrators told The Jerusalem Post that they were not sent by the government.When asked about claims by many in the opposition that they were being paid by Mubarak to come out and rally in the president’s favor, the crowd became hostile, shouting in English and Arabic that they are poor, and saying they have never received a dime.The pro-Mubarak crowds have also been accused of being police in civilian clothing, sent in to crush the demonstrations, a claim they also denied. It has also been reported that many of them were bussed in from Cairo’s slums.
Ben Hartman contributed to this report.