February 2nd, 2011
09:47 PM ET

Intense Gunfire in Cairo – Join the Live Chat

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CNN's Ivan Watson is reporting new intense gunfire just moments ago in Cairo's Tahrir Square.  Anderson has the live breaking news details on the crisis in Egypt.

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  1. Sue from Syracuse

    Oh, gosh, that is so painful to watch.

    February 2, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  2. syeda

    Some leader, some body , some representation, send a convoy, initiate some talk with Mubarak administration to stop this violence.

    February 2, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
  3. Sue from Syracuse

    People are angry and upset... Pre.Mubarak's speech has driven a wedge, if you will.. and now the people are divided and angry at each other. Delay in election will hurt Egypt.

    February 2, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  4. Nicole The Netherlands

    @Mike "western journalists are getting attacked"
    Not only western reporters are attacked!
    Al Jazeera office in Cairo had been shut down this weekend. Al Arabya journalists have been severely beaten today.

    February 2, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  5. Debbie

    It is time for the U.S and Canada to stand up for the people of Cairo. Immediately.

    February 2, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  6. Janine

    Pro-Mubarack demonstrators??? Call them what they are – Mubarack's murdering puppets. Obama promised to support their right to freedom- what will he do now?

    February 2, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  7. Jennifer P -- Kansas City

    This is absolutely terrifying to watch unfold. Seeing the CNN & AC360 crews holed up and reporting is surreal. We pray for their safety and appreciate the sacrifice they are making to ensure the true story is told. Let's all unite in our thoughts & prayers for peace.

    February 2, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  8. Emily

    Did Ivan say 'Why' the crowd is yelling "Jihad"?
    That really is very disturbing to hear.
    It's amazing reporting for Ivan & Anderson, Ben.

    February 2, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  9. Jo Ann, Ohio

    I cannot believe how quickly this violence has escalated! It looks like a war zone with Anderson and the crew hiding out in a hotel.

    February 2, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  10. syeda

    Do we really want havoc in middle east, where all it needs a spark. so that is why i think UN should atleast intervene, at least to initiate dialogue.

    February 2, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  11. Nina

    firepower seems to be military and/or supporters for Mubarak

    February 2, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  12. Dan

    Thanks Anderson for the Coverage. Here in Canada we need to watch US news to see what's happening in the world. We should watch what we all wish for, Democracy in the Missile East. Might not work in our favor.

    February 2, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  13. steve

    i hope ur crew and you return home safe mr cooper love ur show and love u

    February 2, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  14. Susan

    Be careful over there, Anderson!

    February 2, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  15. Sue R. Canton MI.

    This is going in the direction that so many of us feared... I think it's time for the American citizens to get out and I hope that our journalist who stay in Egypt to cover this story stay safe.

    @Mike from Syracuse,,I agree with you. Your comment about: "talk of Jihad is troubling."

    February 2, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  16. ron

    stay safe

    February 2, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  17. Starr, formerly known as vincent

    @Emily – it was reported earlier today that members of "pro-gov" men approached a jounalist and said they were "hired" by their company (oil) and paid to act against the peaceful anti-gov. people.

    Also, it's been reported that pro-gov. persons captured have ID of police (no confirmation).

    February 2, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  18. syeda

    Brad, i understand that. What i do not understand, doesn't events like this become a responsibility of all nations.

    February 2, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  19. Sue from Syracuse

    @Dot.. Interference in any way will be viewed negatively if not now, in the near future. There are many different possible paths this uprise can take.. and to interfere now is to take responsibility and dictate paths.. that never works in the long-run... especially when we have friends and "foes" in their neighborhood and such high stakes in democracy itself in the world.. and some economic interests in the very region of Egypt not to mention middle east. No, interference would be a mega big no-no.

    February 2, 2011 at 10:17 pm |

    Good morning ANDERSON and staff, HALA... you all are doing a good job
    but the powers that be is using their secret police these people are dangerous they don't want the arab nations to see, or relatives to pass on messages and up dates.... get out anderson.
    the people see what the king of dubai see what they have done for their people.. but this regime is corrupt..along with many other countries near you.

    February 2, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  21. Lisa in Louisville

    For goodness sake, don't apologize for the "qualty" of the show tonight. I think that this is the highest quality journalism/TV news coverage. Please keep your heads down and the lights off! CNN is doing a fantastic job covering this historic story – but please stay safe.

    February 2, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  22. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    If Western reporters are getting attacked, it says a lot about what kind of government they may end up with.

    February 2, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  23. John

    Does the State Dept. announcement go for the American Reporters also?
    It's going to be hard for the reporters to get around for food, water also, especially if the pro-gov. take over site.

    February 2, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  24. Paula, Colorado

    The security situation sounds really serious. I hope you also will come back the US soon–especially if things continue to spiral out of control.

    February 2, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  25. Sara NYC

    If you get someone to yell things like "Jihad, Jihad!" you make the demonstrators look more illegitimate and not credible to the USA. If Mubarak can turn this into an illusion of an Islamist uprising, he will get enough Western support to stay in power. But will Christians in the West make the mistake of thinking this is an "Islamist" takeover or will they see behind the curtain?

    February 2, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  26. kal

    How possible for 10 tanks with 50 soldiers can manage and secure millions of proteters? they need more arm forces (MAN POWER).

    February 2, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  27. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    @Sue, I disagree. Just a few days ago Hillary was saying the regime was stable and Biden was saying Mubarak wasn't a dictator. We really don't have our act together.

    February 2, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  28. Emily

    @Ralph ND,
    Thanks for that. I don't think that even Mubarak could clean this up! It truly is tragic to see.

    February 2, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  29. Sharon Hastings

    Anderson and team, I think you all should be wearing protective gear. How long can this go on without some type of intervention? Will the army take a stand at some point? Mubarak is responsible!! He was responsible for all events leading to the protest and he is responsible for this escalation of violence. He must leave NOW.

    February 2, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  30. Gabi

    I heard on cnn earlier that other reporters were being attacked as well. Why are they attacking reporters all of a sudden? or What has changed to create animosity towards journalist?

    February 2, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  31. Dot

    How interesting that the US is sitting back, watching. I guess, unlike Iran where we went in somewhat unwanted, in Egypt, where the people would welcome our help, we sit back and let them die. Must be US policy to only go where we're not wanted.

    February 2, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  32. Sue from Syracuse

    Anderson and team... you folks need to leave. State Dept is pretty serious and short in their message... they MEAN it!

    February 2, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  33. Inna

    Anderson, you're my hero. You're so brave!

    February 2, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  34. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    The people in Cairo should be happy that someone is trying to help them tell their story!

    February 2, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  35. Emily

    @Mike, formerly from Syracuse
    "This is looking more and more like Iran."
    and I was first thinking of Lebanon & how troubling that would be...this looks so much worse! Why is there such inaction/silence by the Leaders in the World?

    February 2, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  36. BettyAnn, Nacogdoches,TX

    Anderson, did you say "hunker down?" I thought that was a no no! lol stay safe and get out of there yourself!

    February 2, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  37. Brad

    Syeda and Lilly, the UN isn't there yet and will most likely not intervene for the same reason they didn't intervene in the protests in Iran over the summer, the UN does not intervene in national issues, Bosnia was an exception as it was an international issue stemming from the break up of Yugoslavia and to theoretically prevent genocide (which they didn't do a very good job of).

    February 2, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  38. mahmoud

    Anderson,I'm an Egyptian american and I want to thank you so much for the great coverage from Egypt.you are the man!!!!please keep it up. you helping free Egypt.

    February 2, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  39. Adele

    Anderson, America respects you putting yourself and crew in harms way to bring all of us the news reports from Egypt Be safe and to all CNN who are with you Adele

    February 2, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  40. Sue from Syracuse

    Hillary Clinton has done absolutely phenomenal job as SOS... striking absolutely the correct note on diplomacy on all fronts.
    NEW from the State Department:
    State Dept advisory: "All U.S. people who wish to leave, leave Egypt immedialy. Further delay is not advisable"

    February 2, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  41. Lori

    I hope they can get out of Egypt safely.

    February 2, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  42. Jason

    I cheered when I heard Oct. 6 bridge was cleared. The advantage seems to have instigated the gun fire. Good luck Egyptian People.

    February 2, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  43. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    All CNN crew are safe place where they location, Now Ben and Hala are safe place keep away from Mob. Notice this Hala was shaken up almost attack her as well.

    February 2, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  44. Prakash

    Exactly! Where in the world are those guys representing UN. We haven'e heard anything from them yet. Hope Egyptian People get their demands pretty soon. And you be safe out there Anderson!

    February 2, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  45. Kenya

    For the love of all that is good is it too much to ask that Mr. Cooper and crew return home. Alive and in one piece please! Their lives are worth a whole lot more than covering a story.
    And much peace and love to the people of Egypt. We're thinking of you. I sincerely hope this chaos comes to an end soon.

    February 2, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  46. syeda

    These young people are following an idea, idea of freedom. They are not following any leader, it is all about this Idea, this concept. It is rare in todays world that we follow pure idea and not be influenced by any particular man or woman. That is why there cannot be any biases attached. That is why these people are inocent. We all agree with their idea, because this is our idea too

    February 2, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  47. Josh

    Don't die Anderson! You're one of the people who inspire me most. Good reporting though.

    February 2, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  48. Nicole The Netherlands

    Good Evening Anderson, AC360 Team, Everyone in Egypt! Emily, Jo Ann, Starr, Megan, Sharon, Heather, Gloria, Mike, David and Bloggers.
    All the (my) fears have come true, the people demonstrating hurt,again
    Journalists attacked from around the world.

    I am thankful Anderson and his producer and cameraman and Hala Gorani made it out.
    Peaceful demonstrators under attack..

    February 2, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  49. Danny


    Please help get Anderson and crew out of Egypt...we are all seriously worried about them. This is not a fight of rules and the govt there isnt playing by any rules.

    February 2, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  50. Babu, Texas

    Anderson good to see you & your staff in a safer place, we need you reporting every hour so that we all can prevent Muslim Brotherhood taking control of situation.
    Time is the healer.

    February 2, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
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