Scores of young men took to the streets on the outskirts of Cairo only hours after the Mubarak address. Most of them were supporters of the president and tried to get into the city centre where anti-government protesters remained.
In Egypt’s second city, Alexandria, the army was forced to keep opposing supporters apart using tanks. Gunfire was heard as the two sides clashed, with several skirmishes needing army involvement to break them up.
There are fears that tensions between pro and anti- presidential factions might erupt during the transition period leading up to Mubarak’s intended resignation. Speculation is growing that even the hitherto restrained military might not be immune.