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Israel conducted a massive controlled explosion to calibrate instruments at seismic monitoring stations worldwide, officials said.
Using 100 tons of explosives, The Geophysical Institute of Israel conducted the explosion at a site in the Negev on Wednesday.
It registered 2.7 on the Richter scale, and created a mushroom cloud that reached the height of up to 1.78 miles, or three kilometers, Haaretz reported Thursday.
CAIRO Jan 28 (ReutersCAIRO Jan 28 (Reuters) - Egypt rounded up members of the Muslim Brotherhood including at least eight senior leaders of the group ahead of planned countrywide protests on Friday, a lawyer representing the detained men said.)
Egypt deploys elite special operations force ahead of expected Cairo protests (AP)
U.S. Republican Tea Party Senator calls to halt aid to Israel (Haaretz)
Republican Jewish Coalition senator condemns Tea Party Senator's call to cut Israel aid (Haaretz)
9:48am Caretaker Minister Butros Harb after meeting Miqati: The PM-designate should meet the Mustaqbal demands or else March 14 won’t participate in the cabinet.
Originally posted by coolieno99
reply to post by Vitchilo
Egypt should send its Defense Minister Tatawi to Israel, and ask for the Super-Mossad to help squash the protestors.
CAIRO – Egyptian security forces have all but disappeared from the streets in the heart of the country's capital ahead of planned demonstrations against President Hosni Mubarak's rule.
Egyptians had expected a huge police presence ahead of Friday's planned protests.
Instead, there is no sight of riot police on Cairo's main streets and key bridges, including areas where security forces are visible even in normal times.
CAIRO (AP) — Internet service in Egypt was disrupted and the government deployed an elite special operations force in Cairo on Friday, hours before an anticipated new wave of anti-government protests.
The counter-terror force, rarely seen on the streets, took up positions in strategic locations, including central Tahrir Square, site of the biggest demonstrations this week.
Violence escalated on Thursday at protests outside the capital. In the flashpoint city of Suez, along the strategic Suez Canal, protesters torched a fire station and looted weapons that they then turned on police. The Interior Ministry said in a statement that more than 90 police officers were injured in those clashes. There were no immediate figures on the number of injured protesters.
In the northern Sinai area of Sheik Zuweid, several hundred Bedouins and police exchanged gunfire, killing a 17-year-old. About 300 protesters surrounded a police station from rooftops of nearby buildings and fired two rocket-propelled grenades at it, damaging the walls.
The Brotherhood has sought to depict itself as a force pushing for democratic change in Egypt's authoritarian system, and is trying to shed an image among critics that it aims to seize power and impose Islamic law. The group was involved in political violence for decades until it renounced violence in the 1970s.
The Brotherhood's support and the return of ElBaradei were likely to energize a largely youth-led protest movement that, by sustaining unrest over days, has shaken assumptions that Mubarak's security apparatus can keep a tight lid on popular unrest.
# Will be extremely difficult to relay news from the field. No freedom of press to cover NO freedom of expression and assembly. #Jan25 #Egypt less than a minute ago via web
# Cairo in COMPLETE lockdown. Security everywhere, including special forces. Government once again warning protests BANNED. #Jan25 #Egypt 4 minutes ago via web
YEMEN - 16000 on the streets currently, calling for the president to step down and democratic elections
TV news in Egypt have been warned not to cover any event or even to mention it or face being unplugged.
Foreign journalists prohibited from leaving their hotels.
Unrest ripping across the Arab world is putting pressure on Jordan's King Abdullah II, a key U.S. ally who has been making promises of reform in recent days in an apparent attempt to quell domestic discontent over economic degradation and lack of political freedoms.
After two weeks of widespread protests inspired by the revolt that overthrew Tunisia's autocratic president, Abdullah has promised reforms in meetings with members of parliament, former prime ministers, civil society institutions and even Jordan's largest opposition group, the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood Movement.
But his promises appear unlikely to quash the opposition's daring calls to elect their prime minister and Cabinet officials, traditionally appointed by the king.
The Muslim Brotherhood called for fresh demonstrations on Friday to press its demand for political and economic reforms.
Aljazeera is reporting that roads between Suez and Ismailia are completely cut off now to prevent protesters in Ismailia from going to Suez to join them and Support.
Police are pouring petrol on all main squares to light them up during protests!
Attempted rally at Egyptian consulate in Dubai. 20 ppl dispersed by police. Cop tells me to write about stormy weather instead #Jan25
Egyptian Christians said they will guard Muslims from the police while they on Friday Pray.
Omar Makram Mosque (in Cairo) closed, police trucks surround the mosque
DAMASCUS, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- Visiting British Foreign Secretary William Hague said Thursday his country supports the return of Golan Heights to Syria as well as Israel's right to live in peace and security.
Originally posted by Shenon
They are just making it worse,dont they? If this News goes out to other Nations,he will be #ed forever. And it will go out,the People arent that stupid.
Lots of police cars and Ambulances all over alexandria
As well as nationalising the Suez Canal Company, Nasser also blockaded the Straits of Tiran - Israel's only outlet to the Red Sea.
Britain and France joined forces with Israel, although this alliance was denied for years afterwards.
On 29 October, 1956, Israeli troops invaded Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.
Two days later, British and French military forces attacked and invaded Egypt's canal zone after President Nasser had refused their offer of creating a buffer zone between Israel and Egypt.
The Soviet Union threatened to intervene on Egypt's behalf.
President Eisenhower of the United States and the UN, fearing the USSR would use the crisis as a way of gaining power in the Middle East, pressured Britain, France and Israel into agreeing to a cease-fire and eventual withdrawal from Egypt in November 1956.
more WARNINGS on tv that people BETTER NOT protest, and that they are THREATENING NATIONAL SECURITY if they do!
Police increase security near Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem over fear of violence (Israel Radio)
Fatwa from Islamic scholar Al Qaradawi "Forbidden in Islam to shoot protesters"
El Baradei turned up in the centre of Cairo and will not "cower into submission"
Woman reporter on Aljazeera TV is asking if the Egyptian internet being down could be an accident?
#Egypt: Central Security forces are surrounding mosques waiting for the prayers to end, LIVE AMMUNITION suspected
Sound of sirens are louder than the call for Friday prayer
Urgent| via RNN: Kafr el Dawwar march has started, pray to your brothers
Originally posted by Eliad
Message to all kings and dictators of the world:
Al Jazeera breaking: @ElBaradei performs Friday prayers in public space in Cairo alongside 2,000 worshipers
After closing mosques, people are praying in public places before starting the protests
20,000 body bags are leaving Cairo via trucks.
Estimated to be between 100-5000 Casualties tomorrow by Egyptian Foreign Minister.
SOS: Police are setting cars in streets on fire. No one knows why. Everyone sure there'll be a massacre tmr #Jan25 #Egypt (via @Heba_S09)
Security Are RUNNING AWAY from protestors in Monofeyah
DailyNewsEgypt Police fire rubber bullets, used tear gas & water cannons against protesters in central Cairo after Friday prayer attended by ElBaradei: AFP
Breaking: Al Arabiya reporter: Protestors throwing rocks at Egyptian police. Raise banners of "Down with dictatorship" "End Corruption"
Al Jazeera Breaking: Thousands protest in front of main mosque at Minya Governorate in Upper Egyp
Tim Marshall on Sky News is reporting all Mosques are packed and situation is now very tense.
100s and probably 1000s of plain clothes police walking around in gangs.
Al Arabiya breaking: Egyptian authorities shut down mosques at Tahrir Square to prevent protests. Now using water canons against protestors
tear gas and rubber bullets - Alexandria
water cannon - Central Cairo
arzugeybulla: RT @nSquib: Al Jazeera reporter in Alexandria is being tear gassed live on air; security forces shot tear gas moment mosques emptied #Egypt #Jan25
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20,000 people are heading from Al-Azhar to the streets
Riots erupt in Ismailiya (governorate close to suez)
AL Jazeera reporter in Suez says thousands of protestors emerged from mosques in Suez & nearby towns including Al Arbaeen
El Qa2ed ibrahim mosque is surrounded by soldiers . It is a war
Al Jazeera reporter in Suez: Protests in Martyrs Street, Army Street & Hamza mosque. All trying to get to al Arbaeen area
German TV: Egy Gov't ordered to shoot protestors in Cairo
People running from tear gas in downtown #Cairo old town, riot police reinforcing Freedom Square
Aljazeera reporter in Cairo: plainclothes police obvious, start fights, hit people and identify them to security forces.
RNN News reporting outbreak of protests in Ismailia, Menoufia and Fayoum among other places
Al Jazeera is confirming use of rubber bullets in Cairo
Egypt Aljazeera: Thousands in Dumyat (North of Egypt) are chanting " Mubarak must leave!
Guardian Jack Shenker reports from Cairo. He says the city is like a "war zone".#jan25 #egypt
6 thousand protesters in Mansoura, in Champilion Street in Cairo, Heliopolis are going together towards City Council building
CNN's Nick Robertson: Situation is not under control..Police is lost
RT @avinunu: Pics: Protest now in Amman #JO Ppl calling for elected govt , end to Israel peace treaty
BREAKING Al Arabiya: Protesters head to the Presidential Palace in Cairo
up to 10,000 protestors now trying to storm the presidential palace!
military mobilising towards defence of the palace
3:20am Cairo time: Many known activists have just been arrested in the past hour from their homes
AlArabiya: AlArabiya crew has been beaten in Cairo
news that @ElBaradei is hold in his place by police
House arrest in the mosque for his "own safety" says govt
BBC Arabic reporter Asadullah Al Sawi was injured by an undercover policeman in civilian clothing in Cairo
Aljazeera: 4 france journalist arrested in Cairo
Serious clashes at the Presidential palace
Alexandria now out of control
Saudi Arabia - Situation is escalating - In addition to protests at the Egypt embassy, some demonstrators now calling for democracy for Saudi
UN considering emergency meeting over instability in the quote "entire arab world"
JORDAN - protests spread beyond Amman to cities of Irbid and Karak
Top Iran cleric: Protests sweeping Mideast a replay of 1979 Islamic Revolution (AP)
Iranian regime said to be "concerned and preparing for protests"
CNN is now doing live reports from Cairo, talking about police taking away their cameras. Similar action against German TV