Here is a round-up of the latest in the blogs following developments in Egypt as of 11:00a.m.ET. Sources: Al Jazeera English, BBC, the Guardian, the New York Times, The Atlantic and the Wall Street Journal
Al Jazeera English
Live blog Feb 3: Egypt protests
(All times are local in Egypt, ET+7)
6:22pm We're seeing wire reports of significant anti-Mubarak demonstrations at the Egyptian embassy in Beirut late this afternoon. More than 100 protesters clashed with Lebanese police after trying to break through a security cordon and enter the building. No arrests or injuries were reported, but police were using batons and rifle butts to push away the crowds. Army troops were then brought in to reinforce the police lines. Many of the protesters were holding up portraits of the late Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser.
6:16pm One of Al Jazeera's correspondents near Tahrir Square says:
People are hurling petrol bombs down at the crowds below, and you can see small fires breaking out...It's difficult to determine who is who and which supporters belong to which group. We were also hearing a string of gunshots and seeing flares fired into the air - we assume by the military.
6:11pm Egypt's Health Ministry says that 13 people were killed and 1,200 injured in last night's clashes between pro- and anti-government demonstrators.
5:19pm Media in the line of fire in Egypt - Al Jazeera's online producer reports on how domestic and foreign journalists have come under siege amid the turmoil in Egypt. http://blogs.aljazeera.net/middle-east/2011/02/02/live-blog-feb-3-egypt-protests#
The GuardianEgypt protests – live updates
(All times GMT, ET +5)
3:55pm: There is a huge protest going on in Alexandria, which has not yet seen the violence that has been witnessed in the capital.
3:53pm: A British man, Simon Hardy, has called in to relay his experiences in Tahrir Square this afternoon:
“In the last few minutes some snipers on top of the Hilton roof opened fire, maybe seven or eight gunshots. The protesters are saying two people have been killed, one shot in the head and one in the neck.
There are growing numbers of pro-government protesters on Ramsay Street and behind the barricades on our side, still thousands of people in the square.
People are saying: 'Is there going to be another attack tonight?" Anti-government protesters are saying that if they survive tonight, the demonstration tomorrow will be massive. They are calling it departure day, the day Mubarak will be kicked out of office. Everything hinges on the next 24 hours.'
BBC Live blog
Anti-Mubarak protesters hit back
(All times GMT, ET + 5)
3:58p.m. Recap: There have been renewed clashes in the centre of Cairo between pro- and anti-Mubarak groups. The army had been holding a line between the two earlier in the day, but anti-government protesters then went on the offensive, pushing them out of some of the streets near Cairo's Tahrir Square.
3:43p.m. : The BBC's Khaled Ezzelarab reports: One protestor killed in Abdel Monem Riyad Square in central Cairo, many more injured, among them three in critical condition.
3: 38p.m.: Adham Helal in Cairo says: "Since the protests started I haven't slept, I haven't eaten and I haven't worked. I've been standing guard at my street. My only request is to give one month of peace and check the feedback from the government. If you still feel that you need to protest, go back to Tahrir, they will not remove the square."
New York Times Lede Blog
(All times ET)
11:22 A.M. |BBC Equipment Seized by Egyptian Government.
Jon Williams, the BBC News foreign editor, reported on Twitter 20 minutes ago: "Egyptian security seize BBC equipment at Cairo Hilton in attempt to stop us broadcasting."
In his two previous updates on Thursday, Mr. Williams had written:
In Cairo locked down inside Ramses Hilton. Frontline on doorstep - Army say pro-Mubarak supporters told to target reporters.
Mubarak supporters stormed hotels in Cairo, chasing foreign journalists. Army now securing Hilton hotel.
Click on blog for more reports of journalists being attacked and detained in Egypt
Liveblogging Egypt: Day 7
10:48 a.m. EST / 5:48 p.m. Cairo Reports are still trickling in about the brutality of last night's violence in Cairo, when many government forces dropped the facade of being grassroots Mubarak supporters and more openly assumed their actual roles as riot police or secret police. This excerpt from a haunting Wall Street Journal account provides a small glimpse into the crackdown currently underway. Reuters reports that at least 150 people have been killed so far in Egypt.
10:37 a.m. EST / 5:33 p.m. Cairo Egypt's Ministry of Health reports that so far at least 13 people have been confirmed killed during Wednesday's clashes in Cairo and 1,200 injured.
10:33 a.m. EST / 5:33 p.m. Cairo In a sign of the government's rapidly escalating campaign to remove journalists from Cairo's streets, the Washington Post has just posted this notice. While it's impossible to know the exact logic behind these arrests, governments tend to oust journalists in advance of an act it does not want the world to witness.
“We have heard from multiple witnesses that Leila Fadel, our Cairo bureau chief, and Linda Davidson, a photographer, were among two dozen journalists arrested this morning by the Egyptian Interior Ministry. We understand that they are safe but in custody and we have made urgent protests to Egyptian authorities in Cairo and Washington. We've advised the state department as well.”
Wall Street Journal blog
10:55 AM (all times ET)
U.N. to Evacuate Staff From Egypt
Posted by WSJ Staff
The Associated Press
The United Nations began to evacuate much of its staff in Egypt on Thursday, while more than 4,000 passengers made their escape through Cairo airport a day after the protests gripping the Egyptian capital degenerated into a bloody street brawl.
The U.N. was sending in two chartered aircraft to take 350 staff and their families to Cyprus, said Rolando Gomez, a spokesman for its peacekeeping mission on the Mediterranean island. Each aircraft was to make two roundtrips to Cyprus.
“The staff will be temporarily relocated due to the security situation in Egypt,” Gomez told The Associated Press, adding that arrangements had been made to accommodate up to 600 staff and their families at hotels in Cyprus. It was unclear whether they would remain on the island or head to other destinations