Egypt Protests Continue, WH Works to Get Journalists Out

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Thousands of protestors packed Cairo's Central Square Friday, continuing demands that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak step down.

Demonstrations were mostly peaceful, with families and children in the crowds. Soldiers also set up check points for searches to prevent Thursday's violence from happening again.

Protests grew so out of control earlier this week, that many reporters in the country were attacked and threatened.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the U.S. Government is still receiving news of a "very systematic targeting of [international] journalists. The Obama administration is now working with the U.S. embassy in Cairo to get American journalists who've been beaten or detained out of Egypt.

"[These attacks] speak volumes about the seriousness with which the government looks at an orderly transition," Gibbs said.

Egyptians started Friday with prayer, then thousands hit the streets for what they called the "Day of Departure," the day they said Mubarak must step down. There has also been growing pressure on Mubarak from the U.S.

Click play to watch Jennifer Wishon's updated report, followed by analysis from CBN News Sr. International Correspondent Gary Lane.

CBN News Middle East Bureau Chief Chris Mitchell was caught in the chaos in Egypt this week. Click here to listen to his description of what occurred while he was there.

Talks were underway between the Obama administration and top Egyptian officials on the immediate resignation of Mubarak and the formation of a military backed caretaker government, possibly led by Egypt's Vice President Omar Suleiman.

The temporary government would prepare for a free election of a new government later later this year.

ABC News' Christianne Amanpour asked Suleiman if he would order the military to evacuate protesters from the streets of Cairo.

"We will ask them to go home, but we will not push them to go home," Suleiman said.

White House officials have determined Mubarak must resign soon to ensure a peaceful resolution to the situation.

On Thursday, several journalists were beaten or intimidated by Mubarak supporters, including an ABC crew, who received a gruesome threat.

"'We're going to behead you,'" ABC videojournalist Akram Abin-Hanna said he was told by a Mubarak supporter. "I mean, I was under the impression that this is it."

U.S. intelligence agencies warned the White House last year that the political situation in Egypt was becoming unstable and that Mubarak's presidency could be threatened.

Stephanie O'Sullivan, a top agent of the Central Intelligence Agency, told a U.S. Senate committee that they simply didn't know what the "triggering mechanism would be."

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