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by Chris Bodenner

Updates from EA:

1424 GMT: Al Jazeera Arabic reporting now that protesters have taken control of streets in the strategic town of Suez and burnt at least three armoured vehicles. Meanwhile Al Arabiya reports that protesters have stormed the ruling party's headquarters in the city of Tanta....

1441 GMT: Al Jazeera confirms that protesters have burnt down the ruling NDP party's headquarters in Dumyat. There are now also reports that protesters have burnt down NDP offices in Al-Mansoura, we still have no confirmation. ...

1418 GMT: AJE reports that a police station in Mahalla, in the Nile Delta, has been attacked. Meanwhile, Fitch Ratigns Agency has downgraded Egypt's credit rating from 'stable' to 'negative'. ...

1415 GMT: In Suez, the center of the city has been abandoned by security forces to be taken over by protesters. ...

1335 GMT: The live shots show protesters push back with stones and at least one Molotov cocktail at the armoured vehicle and riot police gathered on the eastern end of 6 October bridge. ...

1332 GMT: Jamal Elshayyal of Al Jazeera confirms his earlier reporter that protesters have taken over the centre of Suez, freeing detainees from the police station and burning police vehicles.

Protesters say that security forces escalated the situation by trying to run them over with a fire engine earlier today. Elshayyal also notes that the ban on communications by the regime may have backfired, as people took to the streets for information.

Mackey:

Both Al Jazeera and CNN are transmitting live images of clashes on a bridge in central Cairo between riot police firing tear gas from armored vans and protesters, who are refusing to disperse.

Footage of the bridge here.  Al Jazeera has a live-stream of events as they unfold.

(Photo: A pick up truck catches fire as Egyptian demonstrators confront riot police during demonstrations in Cairo on January 28, 2011, demanding the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak. By Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images)

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