Tense In Tahrir Square


by Chris Bodenner

Enduring America notes the latest developments at 1135 GMT:

Reports of growing demonstration in Tahrir Square in Cairo. One observer comments, "The sound of the chanting is deafening. The pictures are amazing." There are reports that protesters and some army officers are holding aloft the Egyptian flag. A participant in Cairo says he has been "joined by thousands in Mohandesin and headed to Dokki trying 2 reach Tahrir".

Meanwhile, Saudi King Abdullah has issued a statement in support of President Mubarak, condemning efforts to "destabilise" Egypt.

1100 GMT: The BBC is reporting an explosion in a state security building in Rafah with a number of casualties.

1040 GMT: The Egyptian Government has officially resigned.

1035 GMT: Hospital sources say 30 bodies were taken to El Damardash hospital in central Cairo overnight, including two children. Suez steel workers are going on strike until President Mubarak resigns.

Elsewhere in Egypt:

1:58pm [local time] A group of Bedouin has attacked state security headquarters in the town of Rafah near Egypt's border with Israel, killing three policemen, witnesses and a security source said.

1:55pm The headquarters of the ruling party in Luxor, Upper Egypt, have been torched. Military tanks are entering the city. ...

12:50pm Police in Alexandria are clashing with protesters, using live ammunition to control crowds, witnesses tell Reuters news agency.

And at the flashpoint of Thursday's protests:

In Suez, Al Jazeera's Jamal ElShayyal reported that 1,000-2,000 protesters had gathered, and that the military was not confronting them. ElShayyal quoted a military officer as saying that troops would "not fire a single bullet on Egyptians", regardless of where the orders to do so come from. The officer also said the only solution to the current unrest was "for Mubarak to leave".

(Photo: Egyptians protest in Cairo's central al-Tahrir square on January 29, 2011 as thousands of anti-regime demonstrators continue to pour onto Cairo's streets, demanding President Hosni Mubarak stand down the day after the veteran leader ordered the army to tackle the deadly protests. By Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images)