One Thousand Egyptians Storm Interior Ministry; Death Toll in Revolts May Have Broken 90; New Protests in Yemen and Jordan

  • The Middle East is getting absolutely bonkers. There's a lot going on right now and it's moving really fast, so Weekend Links are going to be a little Egypt-centric today. Al Jazeera is reporting that around 1,000 Egyptians have stormed the interior ministry in Cairo; they're also reporting that the death toll from the clashes has reached 90, although I'm not finding corroborating reports elsewhere. CNN and the BBC mark the deaths at 38. Thousands of people are on the streets in Cairo, Alexandria, and Suez, defying a government warning that people out past curfew at 4 p.m. local time would be in danger. CNN has a report that police are firing on protesters at the interior ministry.
  • The Egyptian cabinet has resigned. The Central Bank announced that all banks and the stock market will close on Sunday, and midterm exams at the country's universities have been postponed. President Hosni Mubarak addressed the nation early today, and said that he had asked the government to resign but intends to stay in power.

  • Meanwhile, in Yemen: dozens of anti-government protesters are clashing with government supporters in Sanaa, the capital. They're calling for the removal of president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has been in power since 1978. Apparently the protesters are chanting, "Tunisia left, Egypt after it and Yemen in the coming future."
  • And in Jordan, protests continued yesterday for a third consecutive Friday. About 3,500 people gathered in the streets to condemn prime minister Samir Rifai and his policies. Prompted by Jordan's struggling economy, protesters yelled "Rifai go away, prices are on fire and so are the Jordanians," Al Jazeera reports.
  • Again: for live streaming video of what's happening in Egypt, check out Al Jazeera English. Reuters has a liveblog in which you can add comments; it's also got some really fucking amazing photos.
  • [Rosie Gray] [@_rosiegray]

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