February 1, 2011
Egyptian protesters are holding huge rallies in Cairo and other cities as they step up their efforts to force President Hosni Mubarak from power.
Organisers have been hoping to bring one million people on to the streets of the capital. The demonstration is the biggest since the protests began.
The atmosphere has been festive, with protesters singing and chanting.
Protest leaders, including Mohamed ElBaradei, have called on Mr Mubarak to step down by Friday at the latest.
"They hope that this will end today or Friday at the latest, and they called the coming Friday 'the Friday of departure', but I hope that President Mubarak will take heed before then and leave the country after 30 years of rule and give the people a chance, and I don't expect that he wants to see more blood," Mr ElBaradei told al-Arabiya TV.