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Egypt riots escalate; political prisoners shot
YNET ^ | 01.29.11, 17:35 | Roee Nahmias

Posted on 01/29/2011 9:17:01 AM PST by robowombat

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Egypt riots escalate; political prisoners shot Riots break out at Egypt jail holding political prisoners, including Muslim Brothers members; eight detainees reportedly killed. Meanwhile, protests in Cairo, Alexandria rage on, demonstrators try to break into Interior Ministry headquarters

Latest Update: / Israel News

share Egypt riots escalate: The riots raging on in Egypt have spread into several prisons in the country Saturday, as at last eight detainees were reportedly killed in a jail holding political prisoners.

Prison guards reportedly fired live ammunition and tear gas in the northern Egypt prison as detainees attempted to stage a mutiny at the site, which also holds Muslim Brotherhood prisoners. Security forces were reinforcing their presence at jails throughout the country as result of the violence there.

Hamas sources have reported that a few Palestinian detainees have escaped Egyptian prisons during the unrest, and are making their way to the Gaza Strip.

Meanwhile, medical sources in Egypt confirmed that the overall number of fatalities in the riots raging in Egypt since Tuesday has reached at least 82 people. Some 2,000 others were hurt in protests against President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule.

Full-fledged chaos had been reported at several regions of Egypt, as the masses crowd public squares, and banks, government buildings, and businesses are being looted. In Cairo, some 1,000 protestors attempted to break into the Interior Ministry headquarters. Al-Jazeera reported that police forces were attempting to disperse the demonstrators using live fire. At least three people were shot and killed in the clashes, the network said.

Looting an lynching Overall, tens of thousands of Egyptians are demonstrating in the streets of Cairo and Alexandria, and according to some reports there is no security forces' presence on the streets. Elsewhere, reports are coming in about the torching of government buildings, police stations, and security headquarters nationwide.

Some people have exploited the ongoing riots to settle the score with Egyptian business figures. The al-Arabiya network reported a mass looting of businesses in the Suez area belonging to a prominent businessman, including a lynching at one of the sites. Just like in Tunisia, reports are coming in of "popular committees" set up to prevent attacks on businesses and homes. Overnight, attempts were made to loot the Egypt National Museum.

Cairo in flames (Photo: Reuters)

Authorities in Egypt have declared that a curfew will be imposed in the country from 4 pm today to 8 am Sunday morning, yet enforcing it in the current atmosphere of total chaos seems a largely impossible task.

Egypt's business sector is attempting to minimize the damage, with trading in Cairo's stock exchange suspended following the massive 10.5% drop Thursday. Local banks will not be operating Sunday for fear of looting, yet the country's Central Bank says that bank accounts are safe and that liquidity is not an issue.

According to a report by the Arab-language BBC Saturday afternoon, Egyptian army units were attempting to prevent protestors from breaking into the Central Bank in Cairo and looting it.

Riots break out at Egypt jail holding political prisoners, including Muslim Brothers members; eight detainees reportedly killed. Meanwhile, protests in Cairo, Alexandria rage on, demonstrators try to break into Interior Ministry headquarters Roee Nahmias Latest Update: 01.29.11, 17:35 / Israel News

share Egypt riots escalate: The riots raging on in Egypt have spread into several prisons in the country Saturday, as at last eight detainees were reportedly killed in a jail holding political prisoners.

Prison guards reportedly fired live ammunition and tear gas in the northern Egypt prison as detainees attempted to stage a mutiny at the site, which also holds Muslim Brotherhood prisoners. Security forces were reinforcing their presence at jails throughout the country as result of the violence there.

Hamas sources have reported that a few Palestinian detainees have escaped Egyptian prisons during the unrest, and are making their way to the Gaza Strip.

Meanwhile, medical sources in Egypt confirmed that the overall number of fatalities in the riots raging in Egypt since Tuesday has reached at least 82 people. Some 2,000 others were hurt in protests against President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule.

Full-fledged chaos had been reported at several regions of Egypt, as the masses crowd public squares, and banks, government buildings, and businesses are being looted. In Cairo, some 1,000 protestors attempted to break into the Interior Ministry headquarters. Al-Jazeera reported that police forces were attempting to disperse the demonstrators using live fire. At least three people were shot and killed in the clashes, the network said.

Looting an lynching Overall, tens of thousands of Egyptians are demonstrating in the streets of Cairo and Alexandria, and according to some reports there is no security forces' presence on the streets. Elsewhere, reports are coming in about the torching of government buildings, police stations, and security headquarters nationwide.

Some people have exploited the ongoing riots to settle the score with Egyptian business figures. The al-Arabiya network reported a mass looting of businesses in the Suez area belonging to a prominent businessman, including a lynching at one of the sites. Just like in Tunisia, reports are coming in of "popular committees" set up to prevent attacks on businesses and homes. Overnight, attempts were made to loot the Egypt National Museum.

Cairo in flames (Photo: Reuters)

Authorities in Egypt have declared that a curfew will be imposed in the country from 4 pm today to 8 am Sunday morning, yet enforcing it in the current atmosphere of total chaos seems a largely impossible task.

Egypt's business sector is attempting to minimize the damage, with trading in Cairo's stock exchange suspended following the massive 10.5% drop Thursday. Local banks will not be operating Sunday for fear of looting, yet the country's Central Bank says that bank accounts are safe and that liquidity is not an issue.

According to a report by the Arab-language BBC Saturday afternoon, Egyptian army units were attempting to prevent protestors from breaking into the Central Bank in Cairo and looting it


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1 posted on 01/29/2011 9:17:07 AM PST by robowombat
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To: robowombat

Last night Obama was urging the Egyptian government to urge restraint against the “peaceful protesters”. Right.


2 posted on 01/29/2011 9:20:14 AM PST by thethirddegree
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To: robowombat

There is no good solution to this now.


3 posted on 01/29/2011 9:21:34 AM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: redgolum

“There is no good solution to this now.”

Beer summit?


4 posted on 01/29/2011 9:23:29 AM PST by coaltrain (Obama's a Harvard lawyer like Elvis was a Black Belt)
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To: robowombat

Every day is a “day of anger” in Egypt. It comes from their corrupt governments, their primitive Islamic preachers, from their mind-numbing propoganda against Israel and the Infidel, and above all, their lack of basic respect for the individual and his property.

There is almost nothing we can do about it, except be wary of them.


5 posted on 01/29/2011 9:23:59 AM PST by PGR88
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To: redgolum
Yes there is, the enemy of my enemy is my friend. And a dead brotherhood cannot cut any ones head off.
6 posted on 01/29/2011 9:25:57 AM PST by org.whodat
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To: robowombat

Obama’s best move...STFU and see what happens. If he picks a side we as a nation will surely be the looser.


7 posted on 01/29/2011 9:29:28 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: robowombat

Three scenerios become evident very quickly. Either POTUS Obama was clueless to what was about to happen in Egypt, which is an unforgivable sin and treason to the USA, or he did know what was coming , and....looked the other way, feigning, the deaf, dumb and blind mantra, or....he was in on it up to his teeth to further work on damaging the United States and putting our nation in harm’s way!!! You decide which one you think it is. One thing is for sure, he is playing the role of “the deer caught in the headlights” response”!!! Our nation is in danger as long as this person Obama and the Democrat Party have any power whatsoever!!! Wake up America, we are sinking fast while you are asleep at the wheel!!!


8 posted on 01/29/2011 9:30:39 AM PST by JLAGRAYFOX
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To: robowombat
The Islamic Brotherhood is ready to die for their cause and the Egyptians are ready to kill them. I say go for it. The sooner the Brotherhood is dead the sooner things will calm down, if that's possible.
9 posted on 01/29/2011 9:31:44 AM PST by the rifleman
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

I frequently read a non-partisan financial blog called zerohedge.com. The blogger there and some of the blogs contributors put the blame for these riots on Bernanke and Geitner and the Obama admin’s economic blunders. I’m stil trying to see the direct link between undermining the US Dollar, as the aforementioned have been busily doing, and the unrest in Egypt, Tunisia, and other nearby states. The links likely exist, but I guess I need a little more explanation.


10 posted on 01/29/2011 9:44:41 AM PST by Spiff
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To: PGR88
There is almost nothing we can do about it, except be wary of them.

The Irony, of course, is that Zer0 planned, acted and created this entire uprising.

He has delivered Tunisia and Egypt to the Muslim Brotherhood, and soon Jordan, the collapse backward of Iraq, and then finally Saudi Arabia and the pipsqueek states.

Soon after that, war with Israel, and Zer0 and the American left will try to involve the US Military in support of the Muslim nations.

Then the Earth's population gets reduced by half.

11 posted on 01/29/2011 9:44:44 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: robowombat

Oh the outrage - don’t the Eqyptians know that it is only proper to stone or behead prisoners?


12 posted on 01/29/2011 9:50:05 AM PST by sbMKE
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To: JLAGRAYFOX
Obama was instrumental in fomenting a coup in Nigeria I think it was and now is working overtime trying to take down the US. I hope the Egyptians ignore the worthless puke and do what they gotta do. When Bush was in office certain Senators and Congressmen when abroad and met with the leadership of some of our enemies, North Korea, Iran etc. I think Boehner, DeMint perhaps even McCain should go to Egypt and assure the Egyptian government that as soon as Obama is out of office we'll make things right.
13 posted on 01/29/2011 9:55:40 AM PST by the rifleman
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To: the rifleman
The Islamic Brotherhood is ready to die for their cause and the Egyptians are ready to kill them.

True, sort of.

The Egyptian would prefer to live through this, for the most part. Zer0 has given them a guarantee that they will not, (similar to what Carter did to the Shah of Iran and his security forces who were willing to put down the communist-Islamic takeover attempt). Why should they fight when they will get the Serb treatment? This was Zer0's threat to the Egyptian Government to use restraint (or else).

The sooner the Brotherhood is dead the sooner things will calm down, if that's possible.

True, but Zer0 doesn't want them dead, so instead, they will be in charge.

14 posted on 01/29/2011 9:58:15 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: robowombat

Savages kill people and sometimes other savages. Will this country stop sending billions of dollars to countries overrun with savages?


15 posted on 01/29/2011 9:59:11 AM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (Liberalism is against human nature. Practicing liberalism is detrimental to your mental stability.)
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To: Spiff

Global depression leads to political unrest. The global depression has been exacerbated by the clueless policies of the political elite in this country and the effects are felt worldwide. The most fragile states are the first to fall. If it keeps up there could be a domino effect.


16 posted on 01/29/2011 10:00:53 AM PST by garbanzo (You better hold on; This one's about to get bumpy.)
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To: Navy Patriot
The Irony, of course, is that Zer0 planned, acted and created this entire uprising.

He has delivered Tunisia and Egypt to the Muslim Brotherhood, and soon Jordan, the collapse backward of Iraq, and then finally Saudi Arabia and the pipsqueek states.

Soon after that, war with Israel, and Zer0 and the American left will try to involve the US Military in support of the Muslim nations.

Then the Earth's population gets reduced by half.

Very interesting post, especially the part about delivering to the Muslim Brotherhood. He has done so by inaction as much as by any action. He has Zeroed our allies and opened doors for our enemies simply by being an abysmally weak Commander in Chief. Used to be a joke calling him "Present" instead of President, but he really isn't even present for issues of national security.

17 posted on 01/29/2011 10:01:10 AM PST by arasina (So there.)
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To: Navy Patriot
See my post #13. I'm pretty sure I remember Kerry or someone going to Venezuela to talk to Hugo about the end of Bush's tenure. Conservatives should do the same. If we are a house divided then so be it. We should do everything to hinder Obama or we'll lose it all.
18 posted on 01/29/2011 10:04:49 AM PST by the rifleman
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To: robowombat

I know! Send a group from NASA over there on a Muslim outreach mission!


19 posted on 01/29/2011 10:08:12 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Please donate to FreeRepublic, sanity in a world gone mad!)
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To: the rifleman
McCain should go to Egypt and assure the Egyptian government that as soon as Obama is out of office we'll make things right.

You may remember that Bush had the opportunity to go to Serbia and "make things right", of course he did the opposite and assisted in prosecuting the VICTIMS of the Muzzies. Why would anyone believe McCain or any other American politician save Sarah Palin?

You are right about Nigeria.

20 posted on 01/29/2011 10:08:44 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: PGR88
I vote for fortress America...

But others want to continue showering every other country on earth with hundreds of billions in American tax dollars.....

This has worked out really good huh?....As American enters an economic dark age.

21 posted on 01/29/2011 10:14:14 AM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: the rifleman
I remember Kerry or someone going to Venezuela to talk to Hugo about the end of Bush's tenure.

You are right about this, as well.

Problem is, the RINO Republicans have never come through on the willingness to ABSOLUTELY WIN THE FIGHT against the left, no matter what. RINO's abandon their friends and fail to punish the left and their enemies, and have assisted in stabbing loyal friends in the back.

Who would you trust?

22 posted on 01/29/2011 10:17:11 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: Navy Patriot
I realize Bush was no conservative and definitely did the Serbs wrong. As far as McCain, OK bad choice. What about DeMint, Boehner, Bachman going to Egypt. It wouldn't be nearly as bad as what the libs did when Bush was in office as Egypt is an ally not an enemy. Obama’s agenda has to be stopped because if the Islamics take over Egypt, well, get ready for WW3.
23 posted on 01/29/2011 10:25:53 AM PST by the rifleman
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To: arasina
Is Obama the worst, most incompetent, President and leader, ever, doing everything in his ability to better life for America and Americans?

Or, is Obama an intelligent, brilliant, amazingly effective President and leader, doing everything in his ability to bring America down and tyrannize Americans, to better life for America hating Marxists and Muslims?

24 posted on 01/29/2011 10:29:38 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: the rifleman
What about DeMint, Boehner, Bachman going to Egypt.

All good people, and truth tellers. I add Bolton and Palin to that list, but we are talking about Egyptians and other non Americans, and what they understand.

Our good conservatives cannot get RINO support to control the Marxist horde here in America, we can barely keep these good-guys in office here. How are foreigners going to bet their lives on visits like these.

Just as an aside, the treasonous trips Kerry, and other Rats took to ENEMY nations to influence foreign policy, were NEVER prosecuted by the RINOs, but what you want to bet that DeMint, Boehner, Bachman, Bolton, and Palin would have Justice and military sent after 'em while being denounced and convicted in the MSM within hours of their departure.

Marxist Rats and Muslime play to win, and RINOS and 90% of Americans ain't up to the job. That's all our former foreign friends know.

The laugh is, the Marxists think that they can control the Muslime alone, they can't, they ain't tough enough.

25 posted on 01/29/2011 10:58:09 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: coaltrain
Beer summit?

Bowing and apologizing to both sides?


Today is a good day to die.
I didn't say for whom.

26 posted on 01/29/2011 11:04:19 AM PST by The Comedian (It's 3am all over the planet.)
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To: Navy Patriot
If what you say is true, and I'm not saying it's not, then 2012 will be too late. Looks like the Mayans were right. Time to get ready for WW3 and possibly CW2.
27 posted on 01/29/2011 11:38:47 AM PST by the rifleman
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To: garbanzo

Watch for the next plan to whip up emotions for “war fever”, as a means to bailout the insiders.


28 posted on 01/29/2011 11:52:20 AM PST by Varsity Flight
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To: Spiff

The link (theory)is the devaluing of the dollar is causing global commodities especially food and energy to rise; causing food inflation in several countries. Of coarse there are other factors causing the food problem. I believe there is some truth to this theory esp. in places like China where their currency is linked to ours; we are exporting inflation. And the global oil price is in dollars.


29 posted on 01/29/2011 11:53:56 AM PST by Rusty0604
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To: the rifleman
I believe that we must look to history to understand what we need to do.

There have been only a couple of times the Muslime horde has been thrown back, for a while.

The King of Poland, Jan III Sobieski, at the Battle Vienna.

Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia, at the battle for his principality.

Ferdinand III of Castile, after the Battle of Grenada.

In all three, the tactics of the Christian commanders were simple, no Muslim was to be left alive.

They succeeded, although Fredinand, lacking sufficient troops was forced to allow the Muslime to flee and sack Spain in front of him.

Vlad was the most immediately successful, he terrorized the main Muslime army by his engagement of their large advance unit (none survived and all were impaled on stakes alongside the road) into retreat before engagement. Vlad is the basis for the Dracula legend that he lives on blood and cannot be killed. He was undone by treason, not Islam.

All three have a commonality, they were willing to immediately kill every Muslim they came in contact with, bar none.

They were simply tougher than the Muslime.

If we can't find an American this tough, well....

As for the Marxists, the people they genocided were non violent (for the most part), unarmed, imprisoned non Muslims. The Moos will be a little harder.

30 posted on 01/29/2011 12:29:40 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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