Egypt: Al Jazeera TV office closed, thousands of prisoners escape
Egyptian state TV reported Sunday morning that the Al Jazeera office in Cairo was shut down and Al Jazeera reporters lost their press credentials in Egypt. In recent days, the Qatar-based TV channel produced a massive coverage of the events in Egypt. It interviewed mainly opposition figures who criticized the regime.
Meanwhile, it is reported that thousands of prisoners fled on Saturday night and early Sunday after a rebellion in Wadi Natrun prison, which is located on the desert road between Cairo and Alexandria, some 100 kilometers north of the Egyptian capital. A security source said that "prisoners whose number amounts to several thousands, started to riot and managed to escape, after they seized the weapons of the security men." Security sources conveyed dozens of prisoners escaped from a prison in Fayoum Saturday evening after a similar revolt that killed a police officer.