No end in sight for Egypt uprising
Activists in Egypt geared up for the biggest protests yet on Friday to end president Hosni Mubarak's three-decade rule, while demonstrators fought security forces into the early-morning hours in the eastern city of Suez.
Emboldened by this month's revolt that toppled the authoritarian leader of Tunisia, Egyptians have staged mass protests since Tuesday in an unprecedented outburst of anger against Mr Mubarak's strong-handed rule.
The angry nationwide demonstrations have swelled into the largest uprising in three decades, in which seven people have been killed and more than 100 injured.
"This is a revolution," one 16-year-old protester said in Suez.
"Every day we're coming back here."
A heavy security clampdown overnight prevented protesters from massing in the centre of Cairo as they did on Tuesday and Wednesday, but clashes erupted in the cities of Suez and Ismailiya and in a Sinai town where police shot dead a protester, witnesses said.
After Tunisia, is Egypt's entrenched government under Mubarak the next to fall due to 'People Power'?