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EGYPT: Shots fired, but atmosphere in Tahrir Square 'festive'

February 4, 2011 |  5:50 pm

Oud Al Jazeera reporters dismissed wire reports of heavy gunfire in Cairo's Tahrir Square early Saturday.

"Our sources tell us that the shots were fired into the air by the military in order to clear out the area," Al Jazeera reported, calling the atmosphere in the square "festive" and linking to a video of protesters taking part in a singalong.

— Molly Hennessy-Fiske



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Photo: A group of musicians, one playing the Oud,  entertain anti-government protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday with songs critical of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Arabic graffiti on the wall behind them proclaims, "Down Mubarak the corrupt.” Credit:  Ben Curtis/Associated Press