The military began to step in between the two sides Thursday morning. But it was absent during hours of fighting with rocks, sticks, and Molotov cocktails Wednesday night. Antigovernment protesters were able push their attackers back, finally holding them behind a front line created behind the Egyptian museum. Doctors at a makeshift hospital said at least three people had been killed in the fighting. Al Jazeera on Thursday reported that seven people were killed, and more than 800 wounded.
“We will never surrender,” said anti-Mubarak protester, Mohamed Issam. “This is my war and we will fight for victory until the end.”