Pro-Mubarak demonstrators launch backlash

Supporters of embattled Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak have taken to the streets of Cairo in an apparent attempt to protect his crumbling regime.

Tahrir Square has again been the focus of unrest, with pro-Mubarak demonstrators engaging in running battles with those calling for his immediate dismissal.

Many have been wounded in bloody battles, with shots fired.

Earlier the army had called on protestors to return hope in the interests of national security.

The announcement came after president Hosni Mubarak said he would relinquish power at the next presidential elections in September.

As many as 300 people are believed to have died during nine days of conflict.

Television footage from Cairo showed opposing groups facing each other near the Egyptian Museum, chanting slogans.

Anti-Mubarak protestors still number in the tens of thousands, while those offering support to the incumbent are present in far smaller numbers. 

As pro-Mubarak supporters stormed the square both sides hurled stones at each other and fought with sticks and bottles.

Some government supporters rode horses and camels and wielded whips, local reports suggest.

British Tourists

As the unrest continues to unravel in the capital the British Foreign Office has again warned those with no pressing reason to do so not to travel.

“In light of the ongoing demonstrations, we continue to advise against all but essential travel to Cairo - all four governorates of Cairo, Giza, Helwan and 6 October) - Alexandria, Luxor and Suez,” read a statement.

“We recommend British nationals without a pressing need to be in Cairo, Alexandria or Suez leave by commercial means, where it is safe to do so.”

Officials have offered places on a charter jet to those looking to return to England.

However, the tourist destination of Sharm-el-Sheikh has thus far been spared any signs of unrest; with British tour operators continuing to sell trips departing over the weekend.