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Eyewitness from the defence of Tahrir Square - Thursday morning

Issue No. 2237

A eye witness in Tahrir Square reports,'Walking into the square, rubble everywhere. Most people wearing head bandages, limping, wrapped in blankets. Some being treated by exhausted doctors. There is a woman speaking on a loud speaker. People smiling wearily with the victory after 11 hours of intense street fighting, with at least 1500 injured and unknown numbers killed.

Just been greeted with, “Welcome to Egypt” by a protester with a wry smile who has kept his sense of humour.

Piles of rubbish in lines soaked in petrol and stones accumulated for today's battle. Many people thanking international media for coverage on the ground. Very thorough searches at checkpoints by protesters worried about Mubarak thugs with weapons getting into the square. People are worried that there may be an air attack tonight.'

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