Israelis arrested in Cairo as Egypt protests continue

By Jennifer Lipman, February 2, 2011

Four Israelis are among the rising number of journalists who have been arrested during the violent anti-government demonstrations in Egypt.

They were detained for allegedly violating the curfew in place and entering Cairo without the appropriate work visas.

A spokesman for Israel’s Foreign Ministry said Israel was working on the case. He added: "We call on all Israeli reporters arriving in Cairo to remain alert, act responsibility and honour the place's rules.”

The uprising is now in its ninth day. Yesterday President Hosni Mubarak promised that this September would mark the end of his three decades of rule, but his announcement has done little to stop the protests.

The events in Egypt have had a knock-on effect across the region, with demonstrations taking place across major cities from Sana’a to Amman.

The Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh vowed to step down when his term ends in 2013, rather than attempt to stay in office for a fourth term.

Wary of what happened in Tunisia, whose longtime president was forced into exile, King Abdullah II of Jordan took steps to encourage democratic reform by appointing a new prime minister.

Last updated: 2:41pm, February 2 2011