Many in D.C. Area Concerned for Loved Ones in Egypt

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    A protester picks up a tear gas canister to throw it back at police.

    Many in the area are concerned about friends, family and coworkers still in Egypt.

    The Washington Post's Cairo bureau chief and a photographer were among dozens of journalists arrested in Egypt Thursday.

    Unrest in Egypt Sparks Fears Here at Home

    [DC] Unrest in Egypt Sparks Fears Here at Home
    Local folks with ties to Egypt talk about their fears and concerns. (Published Friday, Feb 4, 2011)

    Meanwhile, Ellen Passel is worried about her 27-year-old son, Jake, who plans to stay in Cairo, where's he's been studying at the American University for the past year, unless the protests there get worse.

    "I think if I have to leave in the next few days it will only be for a short while and I’ll be able to come back," he told NBC Washington.

    Egypt Violence Home Video

    [DC] Egypt Violence Home Video
    A News4 viewer just back from Cairo sends us this home video. There are four clips to watch. The first video clip shows a protest in a Cairo neighborhood. A line of riot police six deep can be seen moving the protesters back. The second clip shows an ambulance with it's siren on trying to get through a crowd. The third clip shows what our viewer says is a tank firing in a residential neighborhood. The fourth clip is the tank video slowed down by fifty percent to give you more of a chance to look at the video. The person that sent us the video lives in this area and was in Cairo visiting family. Our viewer does not want to be identified because of the family members still in Egypt. (Published Friday, Feb 4, 2011)

    Ellen Passel, of Arlington, talks to her son on the phone regularly, though sometimes it can take all day for a call to go through. When she can, she lobbies for Jake to return home as soon as possible.

    Mohamed Shameseldin's eyes welled up when he talked about watching his homeland fall apart. He said the protests have to stop.

    "This is not the Egyptian people that I know," he said.

    Alexandria's Hossam Mansour, of Alexandria, was born in Egypt and said a friend has died in the unrest.

    Since the protests started in Egypt, Mansour has been organizing peaceful protests in Washington. The next -- and largest -- is scheduled for Saturday at noon. Protesters will march from the Egyptian Embassy to the White House.