Demontrators Gather in Cairo, Mobile Services Resume

Published on Saturday 29th January 2011

Thousands of demonstrators are gathering in Cairo Saturday, hours after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak fired his Cabinet and defied calls to end his 30-year rule.In his televised speech late Friday, Mr. Mubarak promised to name a new Cabinet Saturday and implement political and economic reforms to appease tens of thousands of protesters who took to the streets of Cairo and other cities.Two mobile phone networks resumed service Saturday, about 24 hours after the government instructed mobile operators to cut services in an effort to stop Friday's massive protests.  U.S. President Barack Obama appealed to Egypt Friday to restore Internet and communication services and refrain from violence against peaceful protestersMr. Obama said he spoke to Mr. Mubarak and asked him to take "concrete steps" to fulfill his promises of reform made to the Egyptian people.  Friday's demonstrations were the largest and most violent since the protests began Tuesday.  Thousands of protesters defied the nighttime curfew while buildings continued to burn in Cairo and tanks patrolled the streets of the city overnight.Medical officials say at least 24 people were killed in Friday's unrest and they estimate that several hundred people were injured.The French new agency, AFP, reports from Egypt prompted Japan to upgrade its travel warning for Egypt, and Philippine diplomats are setting evacuation centers for the country's citizens if there is a surge in the violence.

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