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euronews correspondent on 'frenetic day' in Cairo

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euronews correspondent on 'frenetic day' in Cairo


The White House has reacted angrily to reports from Egypt that journalists covering the anti-government protests have been targeted, saying attempts to intimidate the media were ‘completely and totally unacceptable.’

euronews correspondent Luis Carballo is in Cairo.

‘It has been an absolutely frenetic day, a real pitched battle in Cairo, with attacks and counter-attacks, Mubarak’s opponents and Mubarak’s supporters continuously fighting around Tahrir square trying to break the impasse of the last couple of days,’ he said.

‘Things are not going well, especially for foreign journalists. In fact I can say there’s been a hunt for foreign journalists, carried out by Mubarak’s supporters: among them many are policemen in plain clothes.

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This evening, a window in the building where we was by gunfire. Two direct hits probably fired from one of the balconies just in front of here, simply because we were looking out of the window to see what’s going on.

The square is still full of people, Tahrir square is crowded with opponents of the regime, they’re staying there. They’ve advanced their lines, they’re staying behind their barricades. Now it’s calm at the moment, but today we lived through very, very tense scenes.’

Beatriz Beiras at euronews headquarters asked him: ‘Luis, earlier you talked about shots from a tank.’

‘Actually, there were several,’ Carballo added. ‘Today we saw the army show itself in a -let’s say – more active way than in the previous days.

We saw them try unsuccessfully to dislodge the pro-Mubarak camp. They drove them back, but 15 minutes later those people come back onto the elevated roads above Tahrir square. That’s what you saw in the pictures you showed during the day.

That’s where the Mubarak supporters concentrate: the tanks made several moves to force them to leave, and then, as I said, once the tanks went they reappeared.

Even so at the moment their numbers have diminished.’

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