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Flares light up evening sky as Cairo clashes continue at dusk

posted 2 Feb 2011, 10:49 by Mpelembe   [ updated 2 Feb 2011, 10:52 ]

Clashes between anti-government protesters and supporters of President Hosni Mubarak continued at dusk with protesters throwing flares from the rooftops.

CAIRO, EGYPT (FEBRUARY 2, 2011) REUTERS - Protesters threw flares as they protested from Cairo rooftops on Wednesday (February 2), as dusk fell on the most violent day of Egypt's political unrest so far.

At least four petrol bombs were thrown in the city's Tahrir Square during the day, a Reuters witness said.

An Egyptologist who did not want to be identified said petrol bombs, some of which landed near a museum in the vicinity of the square, appeared to have been thrown by protesters demonstrating in favour of President Hosni Mubarak.

Demonstrators from the rival camps hurled rocks at each other throughout the afternoon in Tahrir Square, scene of unprecedented mass protests that have shaken Mubarak's rule in the last week.

Supporters of Mubarak riding camels and horses and wielding whips and sticks charged at demonstrators in Cairo to try to end their protest demanding an end to his 30-year rule.

Reuters correspondents said the army did not respond to the anti-Mubarak protesters' calls for intervention to stop the violence in an estimated 400 people were injured.

A security-related person was killed, Egyptian Television reported a Health Ministry spokesperson as saying.