Day's Toll in Egypt: 3 Dead, 600 Injured
Standoff continues into the night
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2011 6:22 PM CST
Pro-government demonstrators, bottom, watch as a palm tree burns from a firebomb in Tahrir Square.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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(Newser) – With the standoff in Tahrir Square continuing into the wee hours, the best estimates from the day's violence between anti-government protesters and pro-Mubarak forces have three people dead and more than 600 injured, reports AP. All of the violence took place as the military largely stood by and watched, and there's no sign things will be any different tomorrow.

Responding to accusations—and plenty of circumstantial evidence—that the Mubarak government had unleashed thugs on protesters, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said, "If any of the violence is instigated by the government, it should stop immediately." He also kept up on the pressure on Mubarak to start his transition quickly, notes the New York Times. "Now means yesterday," he said. “There are reforms that need to be undertaken. There are opposition entities that need to be in the conversation.” Click for more.
 

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