The day of the clear out has arrived, and as was to be expected the MB protesters who have been camped out in Rabaa for weeks now are not leaving easily. Cairoscene is providing live updates throughout the day, but as of 12 pm today these are the updates. I hope for an ultimately peaceful solution to his clear out, but unfortunately I don't think anyone is really expecting that.
9.39 - Gunshots heard in Raba'a Adaweya, where weapons have been seized from with-in the dispersed sit-ins.
Egypt woke up to the news that pro-Morsi sit-ins in El Nahda and Raba'a Adaweya Squares are being cleared. We'll be updating this article as the events unfold.
11.45 - State TV: Police station in Waraq broken into, weapons stolen by pro-Morsi protestors.
11.42 - Protests erupt across El Fayoum, with all routes leading to the governorate having been closed off. Reports state that a Coptic organisation has been attacked in the area.
11.36 - Egyptian Cabinet of Ministers to hold emergency meeting later today.
11.35 - Ministry of Health reports the deaths of 5 policemen.
11.34 - Al Haram Street closed in both directions at tunnel (Giza Square end) by pro-Morsi protestors.
11.30 - Pro-Morsi supporters gather rocks from Heliopolis/Nasr City tram line. Photo via @KFahim:
11.20 - MoI is said to have gathered intelligence that suggests Muslim Brotherhood leaders have called upon protestors to attack police stations across Cairo.
11.10 - Morsi supporters close Cairo Ring Road in several locations.
11.09 - State TV: Violent clashes between security forces and protestors on El Nasr Street.
11.07 - State TV: 6th October Bridge in Cairo completely closed.
11.00 - Pro-Morsi rally congregates at Al-Fath Mosque in Ramsis Square.
10.53 - Reports that church in Sohag has been set ablaze are true. Photo via @EgyptianStreets:
10.52 - Ministry of Aviation assures all flights in and out of Egypt operating as normal.
10.43 - Pro-Morsi alliance announces 20 marches across Cairo today.
10.36 - MoI reports 200 arrested at El Nahda clear-out.
10.32 - There are reports that Muslim Brotherhood leaders Safwat El Hegazi and Mohamed Beltagy are being surrounded by police forces in a residence near Raba'a Square.
10.22 - The Central Bank of Egypt has announced that banks will be closed at 12pm today.
10.17 - Video shows armed pro-Morsi protestors in Gamaet El Dewal Street, Mohandiseen.
10.15 - Tear gas fired in Raba'a as police forces close in on sit-ins. Photo via @SoltanLife:
10.12 - Churches in Sohag, Upper Egypt and Heliopolis, Cairo are said to have been attacked in retaliation to sit-in clear-outs.
10.05 - Live ammunition seized at El Nahda. Photo via @3mo_Shehab:
10.03 - Protests opposing the sit-in clear-outs have errupted in Suez and Alexandria.
9.58 - Tear gas is fired at Mostafa Mahmoud, forcing pro-Morsi demonstrators to extend their sit-in to Batal Ahmed Abdel-Aziz Street, Mohandiseen. Photo via @JGulhane:
9.43 - Ministry of Interior claims 5 dead and over 50 injured in sit-in clear-outs in Nahada and Raba'a Adaweya.
9.42 - Trains from Upper Egypt to Cairo have been stopped.
9.41 - El Nahada sit-ins regrouping at Mostafa Mahmoud Square, Mohandiseen.