Via Ahram Online,
The sirens of tens of ambulances that ferried hundreds of seriously injured protesters have quieted down in Tahrir square in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Doctors at several field hospitals have been treating some minor wounds, but enjoy a much needed rest after four straight days of frantically trying to treat countless young people suffering from poisoning caused by tear gas fired by Central Security Forces (CSF) or from multiple direct attacks by soldiers on the field hospitals themselves. In fact,
The relative calm in the square, especially along Mohamed Mahmoud street where most of the 37 martyrs of the clashes between revolutionaries and the police died in the last few days, is set to last at least till 6am.
Earlier tonight, Azhar officials rebrokered a truce between protesters and the ministry of interior which commands the CSF after police twice violated similar agreements.
Yet, the day's clashes had left several more protesters dead including a young field doctor Rania Fouad who was killed after entering into a coma following an attack by tear gas canisters on her make-shift clinic while she was tending to others injured in the clashes.
Hundreds sustained injuries from tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition used by the police, by most accounts.
But the violence used by CSF did not seem to have broken the spirits of revolutionaries. If anything, it has apparently strengthened the resolve of most to take their battle against the ruling military council (SCAF) to a new level.
For one, tens of thousands of people are still camping in the square and more newcomers replace those who leave the square to tend to business on short breaks. Moreover, many are spending the night discussing how to prepare for a mass million man march on Friday in Tahrir and other cities around the country.
Others are sleeping or searching for blankets to protect them from a chilly Cairo night to catch a few hours of sleep before the battle to force the ruling military council to hand power to a civilian administration resumes by morning time.
More protesters have set up multiple new tents in the central island of the square in the past few hours, and there is very little room left for more.
And Wednesday night, 500 people joined a demonstration called for by the Popular Socialist Alliance Party and other revolutionaries, and circled the square chanting against military rule.
Meanwhile, back on Mohamed Mahmoud Street, hundreds of protesters have erected barricades to protect themselves against any sudden attack by the CSF. At the entrance to the street, tens of volunteers have formed human shields to slow down people who are still trying to enter the street.
Some of the guards who have blocked entry into the battle zone told Ahram Online that they keeping numbers entering the street to a minimum in order not to scare the CSF and invite the soldiers to start shooting at protesters again as they have been doing for four days.
"If they shoot, we will go in and support those at the barricades. But, for the time being, our goal is not to provoke a fight and sacrifice more martyrs," one of the human shields told Ahram Online.
Away from Mohamed Mahmoud, the mood among thousands of protesters seemed to be upbeat.
Many protesters are continuing with the chants against the SCAF from previous days: "Why are you playing the Army with us? Are you we the Zionists or what?" and "Shame, shame, shame. Army kills revolutionaries."
In order to compensate for the absence of stages and microphones that rally crowds, based upon a consensus reached informally by some protesters who want to keep all traditional political parties from having an organised presence in the sit-in, protesters are still chanting against field marshal Tantawi, the head of