The protests in Egypt turned violent today as President Mubarak’s security forces clashed with demonstrators in Tahrir Square, leaving hundreds injured, according to the BBC Arabic channel. Al Jazeera referred to the attackers as armed thugs, who reportedly used Molotov cocktails against anti-government protesters - some entered the square on camels and horses.
Also on the Al Jazeera Arabic channel, opposition leader Mohamed El Baradei said plainclothes police officers attacked protesters as well, claiming they managed to confiscate police ID cards after an attack. El Baradei also called on the army to intervene on behalf of the protesters. So far the army has remained on the sidelines of the clashes.
Al Alam, the Arabic language satellite channel from Iran, reported that the Arab Committee for Human Rights warned that they are collecting evidence against those who are perpetrating attacks against protesters and will hold the Egyptian regime responsible in court for these actions.
Meanwhile, Dubai TV showed foreign citizens currently in Egypt continuing to flee, with Cairo airport crowded as they attempt to find flights out of the country. And Israel Broadcasting Authority covered a small demonstration in front of the Egyptian embassy in Tel Aviv.