Monday, February 7, 2011

Egyptian barracks hit with four grenades

A garrison belonging to Egyptian state security forces has been hit by four rocket-propelled grenades in the town of Rafah in the Sinai Desert.

Egyptian security sources said that two officers were wounded in the incident after "unknown assailants" fired the grenades at the building.

Egyptian state television blamed "extremist groups" for the Monday attack, which occurred two days after unknown attackers blew up a pipeline supplying Egyptian natural gas to Israel and Jordan.

The incident took place as Egyptian revolution has entered its 14th day with millions of people along with opposition groups continue their protests demanding for the ouster of embattled President Hosni Mubarak.

Mubark came under fresh pressure on Monday to step down immediately as anti-government protesters in central Cairo's Libration Square say they will not back down from their demand for regime change in Egypt. Thousands of protesters spent the night in the square despite heavy military presence.

Demonstrators are pouring into streets in the capital Cairo despite talks between the Egyptian government and opposition parties that produced no immediate breakthrough in the two-week-old standoff.

Opposition groups on Sunday dismissed as insufficient an offer to include them in political reform plans. The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's main opposition group, says Cairo has failed to address many of its demands.

Egypt's leading opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei says he was not invited to the negotiations.

Meanwhile, hostility toward the Obama administration is widespread among the Egyptian protesters as they hold Washington responsible for Mubarak's grip on power. The demonstrators say they won't leave the streets until Mubarak steps down.

Since the start of the protests in troubled Egypt on January 25, which was inspired by Tunisia's revolution, more than 300 people have lost their lives and thousands more sustained injuries during anti-government demonstrations.

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