Over 20 bodies in Egypt's Alexandria - Jazeera

Egyptian police fired shots near demonstrators who had gathered in side streets leading on to the capital's main square

Over 20 bodies in Egypt's Alexandria - Jazeera

Al-Jazeera television said on Saturday its correspondent had seen more than 20 bodies in the Eguyptian city of Alexandria, following massive demonstrations and clashes with security forces on Friday.

The Qatar-based satellite channel gave no further details.

Egyptian police fired shots near demonstrators who had gathered in side streets leading on to the capital's main square on Saturday, although it was not clear if the rounds were live, a Reuters witness said.

Shots ricocheted off buildings near Tahrir, but it was not clear if these were rubber bullets. Protesters fled from the shooting and away from police, who were operating next to army vehicles.

Several hundred demonstrators gathered in a central Cairo square on Saturday demanding the Egyptian president quit, hours after he had delivered a speech sacking the cabinet and promising to address frustrations.

"Go away, go away," they chanted, gathering in Tahrir square in full view of the army which had been deployed in the city to quell the revolt. "Peacful, peaceful," they shouted.

The demonstration was the first clear indication that those behind the street action were not satisfied by the remarks by Mubarak, who has been in power since 1981.

Mobile phone services started but no text messaging

Mobile phone services started to resume across the capital on Saturday, after being shut down a day earlier during unprecedented demonstrations calling for President Hosni Mubarak to step down.

Text messaging was still not operating, however.

Telecoms operator Vodafone said on Friday that Egyptian authorities had instructed all mobile operators to suspend services in selected areas of the country.

Reuters


 

 

 

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