Prisons in Egypt were attacked on Sunday, and a few hundred Muslim militants and thousands of other inmates were freed amid the widespread protests and riots, The Associated Press reports.
Gangs of men armed with guns and other weapons have robbed people and stores across the North African nation, the AP report said.
The protests against President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year-rule have reached an unprecedented scale. Al-Jazeera Television puts the death toll from the protests and riots at around 150. Another 4,000 people have been injured.
The Egyptian government increased military presence in Cairo to stop the robberies and riots.At a Sunday rally, Nobel Peace laureate Mohamed ElBaradei, a prominent advocate of government reform, called on Mubarak to step down, AP reported.
"You are the owners of this revolution. You are the future," he said, according to the report. "Our essential demand is the departure of the regime and the beginning of a new Egypt in which each Egyptian lives in virtue, freedom, and dignity."