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Battles in Cairo's Tahrir Square rage on through the night

Egypt army chief's election pledge fails to pacify protestors as clashes enter their fifth day

Battles in Cairo's Tahrir Square rage on through the night
Egypt's military ruler said on Tuesday that presidential polls will be held by the end of June, and offered a referendum on the immediate transfer of power in a bid to contain mass anti-military rallies (Getty Images)
Battles in Cairo's Tahrir Square rage on through the night
Protesters clash with riot police along a road which leads to the Interior Ministry, near Tahrir Square, in Cairo on November 22, 2011 (AFP/Getty Images)
Battles in Cairo's Tahrir Square rage on through the night
As news of the statement filtered into Cairo's Tahrir Square, where tens of thousands attended an anti-military rally, protesters began to chant against Tantawi (Getty Images)
Battles in Cairo's Tahrir Square rage on through the night
An Egyptian protester transports on motorcycle a fellow protester suffering from teargas for treatment to a field hospital (AFP/Getty Images)
Battles in Cairo's Tahrir Square rage on through the night
The Tahrir Square rally came after days of deadly clashes pitting police against protesters demanding democratic change (AFP/Getty Images)
Battles in Cairo's Tahrir Square rage on through the night
A protestor receives a spray to help counteract the effects of tear gas (Getty Images)
Battles in Cairo's Tahrir Square rage on through the night
Protesters clash with riot police along a road which leads to the Interior Ministry (AFP/Getty Images)
Battles in Cairo's Tahrir Square rage on through the night
An injured Egyptian protester walks in Tahrir square in Cairo on November 23, 2011 on the fifth day of clashes with security forces. (AFP/Getty Images)
Battles in Cairo's Tahrir Square rage on through the night
Egypt's army chief, seeking to defuse street protests that have left 37 dead, promised a swifter handover to civilian rule but failed to convince thousands of hardcore demonstrators, some of whom battled police through the night (AFP/Getty Images)
Battles in Cairo's Tahrir Square rage on through the night
An Egyptian protester with his face painted in the colors of the national flag stands on a traffic signal light with a sign in Arabic reading 'Egyptians stand up, Egypt always calling you' (AFP/Getty Images)
Battles in Cairo's Tahrir Square rage on through the night
Egyptians protesters attend a funeral of a victim supposedly killed during clashes (AFP/Getty Images)
Battles in Cairo's Tahrir Square rage on through the night
One man was killed in clashes early on Wednesday in the second city Alexandria, one of several towns that saw unrest (AFP/Getty Images)
Battles in Cairo's Tahrir Square rage on through the night
Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, who is running the ruling military council, made a faltering televised address on Tuesday in which he promised a civilian president would be elected in June, about six months sooner than planned (AFP/Getty Images)
Battles in Cairo's Tahrir Square rage on through the night
Confirming Egypt's first free parliamentary election in decades will start on Monday, the council also accepted the resignation of the civilian prime minister and his cabinet (AFP/Getty Images)
Battles in Cairo's Tahrir Square rage on through the night
But Tantawi angered many of the youthful demonstrators on Cairo's Tahrir Square and in other cities by suggesting a referendum on whether military rule should end earlier (AFP/Getty Images)