Egypt Military on Streets to Enforce Curfew

Mohamed ElBaradei placed under house arrest
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2011 8:51 AM CST
Updated Jan 28, 2011 11:23 AM CST
Egypt's pro-democracy leader Mohamed ElBaradei is greeted by a young supporter before Friday prayers in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Jan. 28, 2011.   (AP Photo/ Lefteris Pitarakis)
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(Newser) – The Egyptian military is on the streets for the first time to try to enforce a newly imposed curfew that began at 6pm local time, but the mass protests continue, reports AP. TV footage shows the ruling party headquarters in Cairo ablaze. Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, said the US is "deeply concerned" and called on President Hosni Mubarak to use restraint with protesters. In another key development, Nobel Peace laureate Mohamed ElBaradei has been placed under house arrest by Egyptian security officials, and police are stationed outside his suburban Cairo home.

Earlier, police beat ElBaradei's supporters with batons as the protesters surrounded him in order to protect him. The AP notes that a soaking wet ElBaradei was trapped inside a mosque while hundreds of riot police laid siege to it, firing tear gas in the streets around it so no one could leave. Click for more.
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