On Sunday, the United States urged its citizens to get out of Egypt as quickly as possible as President Hosni Mubarack's regime increased pressure on hundreds of thousands of protesters continuing to assemble in the streets, flaunting the state-imposed curfew.
The unrest took on new deadly dimensions as well, as gangs attacked at least four prisons, freeing thousands of convicts. The official death toll stands at 97 after five days of protesting, but witnesses report that hundreds more have died.
State Department officials in the US were hastily arranging for Americans to fly to "save havens" in Europe.
A majority of the demonstrators have gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square along with Nobel Peace laureate Mohamed ElBaradi. There were also members of the Muslim Brotherhood present, who want Egypt to become an Islamist state.
Murabak further enraged protesters by closing roads around the city with tanks, and by sending F-16 fighter jets on menacing overflights of the square.
Cairo's airport was flooded with foreigners and tourists trying desperately to catch a flight out of the country, as countries around the world sought to fly in planes to remove their citizens from the dangerous situation.