Updated from 6:22 a.m.NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's son, Gamal, won't seek the presidency, Egypt state TV reports , following on from the president's announcement Tuesday that he wouldn't run for re-election in the fall.
|Mubarak supporters clash with protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Wednesday.|
Mohamed ElBaradei, the opposition leader, said he had heard government supporters were sending men to Tahrir Square to attack protesters, The Wall Street Journal reports. Some reports speculated that the pro-Mubarak group was organized by security officials, and that Egyptian authorities sparked the violent clashes in the square in order to necessitate Mubarak's control over the situation. The government continues to deny any involvement. Images of burning vehicles and Molotov cocktails from Egypt showed the level of violence has risen. The U.S. State Department, in a post on Twitter, urged any Americans who want to leave Egypt should head to the airport "ASAP." "U.S. citizens wishing to depart #Egypt on USG flight should proceed to airport ASAP after the morning end of curfew," the Twitter post said. The struggle that has erupted between the people comes after 10 consecutive days of political upheaval and civil unrest in Egypt as protesters called for an end to Mubarak's 30-year rule over the ancient nation. Mubarak's supporters believe that the leader has made enough concessions and should stay in power to ensure stability after days of rioting rocked the nation. -- Written by Theresa McCabe in Boston. >To contact the writer of this article, click here: Theresa McCabe. >To follow the writer on Twitter, go to @TheresaMcCabe. >To submit a news tip, send an email to: email@example.com.