It seems that both sides in the dispute have been heading towards the events that are taking place today in Egypt, as violence now begins to erupt in the country after more than a week of protests. The escalation is obviously a cause for worry both in Egypt and around the world.

CAIRO — Several thousand supporters of embattled President Hosni Mubarak, including some on horses and camels and wielding whips, charged into a crowd of anti-government protesters Wednesday, instigating violent clashes as Egypt's upheaval took a dangerous new turn.

The two sides hurled stones, Molotov cocktails and even satellite dishes that they ripped off the roofs of buildings. Several hundred people were injured, Al Jazeera reported.

The turmoil was the first significant violence between supporters of the two camps in more than a week of anti-government protests. It erupted after Mubarak went on national television Tuesday night and said he would not seek another term but rejected protesters' demands he step down immediately.