|February 1, 2013
A fire erupted at the entrance of Egypt's presidential palace Friday night as protesters hurled Molotov cocktails and rocks in a battle with security forces, who responded with tear gas and water cannon.
Egypt has been rocked by violence since last week's two-year anniversary of its 2011 revolution. Protesters have fumed over the slow pace of change and recent edicts by President Mohammed Morsy, who imposed a 30-day curfew on areas engulfed by violence.
State television reported that security forces were clearing the area in front of the palace as rioting continued.
Earlier this week, anti-government protesters ignored Morsy's curfew order in cities along the Suez Canal and clashed with police and troops, raising more questions about the stability of the Middle East's most populous country.
Outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in an interview with CNN this week, echoed concerns about what a collapse of the Egyptian state could mean for the region.