Medical sources across Egypt late Friday evening and early Saturday reported that at least 18 people died in nationwide demonstrations aimed at ousting President Hosni Mubarak from power. It was the fourth day of continuing protests in Egypt, with reports of hundreds of thousands of citizens taking to the streets as fear of the government forces keeps diminishing.
The United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay said that over 1,000 people have been arrested and remain detained since protests began on January 25. She called on Cairo to end its attempts to silence opposition voices. The government does not appear willing to do that just yet, as Internet services in the country are shut down, mobile phone services are cut and access to social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter remain inoperative.
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