Hundreds were wounded and one person was killed on Wednesday as several thousand supporters of President Hosni Mubarak attacked anti-government protesters in Cairo by throwing petrol bombs, wielding sticks and charging on horses and camels, as Egypt’s upheaval took a dangerous new turn.
In scenes of chaos and pitched fighting, the two sides pelted each other with stones, and protesters dragged attackers off their horses.
A pro-government and supporter of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak throws a molotov cocktail during clashes with anti-government demonstrators in Tahrir Square, February 2, 2011.
Shots were heard fired in the air in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Wednesday, a Reuters witness said. It was not immediately clear where the shots came from.