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Egyptian military tanks surrounded Cairo's Tahrir Square, where hundreds of protesters had gathered on Saturday.
Demonstrators chanted "Down with Mubarak" and "We are all Egyptians."
The atmosphere was tense, but people gathered in the square were posing for pictures with tanks and shaking troops' hands.
Al Jazeera correspondent reports seeing more than 20 bodies in Alexandria, Egypt, morgue
One Cairo building that has been spared so far in the anti-government protests is the Egyptian Museum, despite a fire raging at the ruling National Democratic Party office nearby. Locals were determined to protect national treasures.
Journalists covering the anti-government protests in Cairo have been targeted by Egyptian security forces, with watchdogs and media organisations reporting that several media workers have been assaulted or detained this week.
Both local and international outlets have been targeted as part of Egypt's efforts to stop the flow of information through new and traditional media. President Hosni Mubarak has also ordered the shutdown of most internet and mobile phone services in the country.
Originally posted by Connman
Here is something I just really don`t get with the military. How can they turn on their own people in stuff like this. Here is where I would hope they would use their brains and join their Mothers Fathers and Friends not use force against them. Does not the military solders have the common sense to see who they are going against. When that many people in a country want change they are the country you give it to them.
Hope this goes well for Them.
Jan 29 (Reuters) - Thirty bodies were taken to El Damardash hospital in central Cairo between 1 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Friday during the protests calling for the ousting of Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak, a hospital source said on Saturday.
She said two of the dead were children, one aged seven, the other aged four. (Reporting by Sameh al-Bardisi, Editing by Alison Williams)
In the early hours of Saturday, protesters continued to defy a nationwide curfew as Mr. Mubarak, 82, breaking days of silence, appeared on national television, promising to replace the ministers in his government, but calling popular protests “part of bigger plot to shake the stability” of Egypt. He refused calls, shouted by huge, angry crowds on Friday in the central squares of Cairo, the northern port of Alexandria and the canal city of Suez, for him to resign.
The feared security police had largely withdrawn from central Cairo to take up positions around the presidential palace, with their places taken up by the army.
Would-be looters broke into Cairo's famed Egyptian Museum, ripping the heads off two mummies and damaging about 10 small artifacts before being caught and detained by army soldiers, Egypt's antiquities chief said Saturday.
Zahi Hawass said the vandals did not manage to steal any of the museum's antiquities, and that the prized collection was now safe and under military guard. (AP)