Mitchell: 'Situation Here Dangerous for Journalists'

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Egypt's military finally moved to intervene Thursday in the escalating violence between democracy protestors and supporters of President Hosni Mubarak.

As the tensions increased, the mobs also began targeting journalists. A Greek reporter was stabbed in the leg, while others were robbed and assaulted.
   
CBN News Middle East Bureau Chief Chris Mitchell was in Egypt covering the story, but left because of security concerns.

"Everything here has been pretty unpredictable," Mitchell reported as he waited for a flight out the country. "People were expecting a crescendo coming here on Friday…. but the riot just changed everything."

"Last night, I saw scenes of these pro Mubarak demonstrators more than demonstrators," he said. "You could see smoke rising you could hear the chants of the people. In front of me I could see a pitch battle of 30 demonstrators on one side and 30 on the other throwing molotov cocktails at one another, using knives I'm sure and clubs and sticks just to attack each other."

"This has been the most intense experience that I've had," Mitchell said. "By the end of the night it just wasn't safe. You had to turn the lights off and you literally had to crawl out to the balcony to see what was happening"

"I havent seen this kind of intimidation, this kind of intensity, or this kind of a dangerous situation for cameramen and journalists," he said.

Click play for Mitchell's eyewitness account of this week's unrest in Cairo's Tahir Square.

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