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Al-Arabiya Satellite TV between 0700 gmt and 1700 gmt on 5 February continued its special live coverage of the events in Egypt, focusing between 1400 gmt and 1700 gmt on the stepping down of President Husni Mubarak as chairman of the National Democratic Party [NDP] along with the rest of the top leadership, including Jamal Mubarak and Safwat al-Sharif, and the appointment of Husam Badrawi as the new secretary-general of the party; the dialogue held between Vice President Umar Sulayman and a number of political parties, including the Wafd and Al-Tajammu [the Progressive National Unionist Party] parties; the explosion of a gas terminal in northern Sinai Peninsula that provides natural gas to Israel, Jordan and other countries; and the latest developments on the ground, particularly the situation at Al-Tahrir Square.
At 0703 gmt, Al-Arabiya interviewed its correspondent in Cairo, Angie al-Qadi, who reported that clashes between President Mubarak's supporters and anti-regime protestors that took place at Al-Tahrir Square and Tal'at Harb Square "led to the wounding of 15 persons due to the use of Molotov cocktails," noting that the army then fired gunshots in the air to separate between the two sides. She noted that around 10,000-20,000 protestors are present in Al-Tahrir Square and that they will continue to stay there until President Mubarak steps down.
At 0708 gmt, the channel links up with its correspondent in Cairo, Ahmad Uthman. Reporting on the latest developments, he said that more than one wise-men committee started to exert efforts to reach a solution to the current "political crisis." He added that Vice President Umar Sulayman is expected to meet with a number of protestors and Dr Riyad Rashwan in his capacity as a member of a wise-men committee, noting that three wise-men committees have been formed so far.
At 0811 gmt, the channel interviewed journalist Mustafa Sanjar from Al-Arish. Commenting on the explosion that targeted …