The UN said Tuesday that it estimated that 300 people were killed in 8 days of unrest in Egypt, the organization said from its European headquarters in Geneva. That figure was far higher than the 97 dead announced by Egypt on Tuesday. Hundreds of thousands of people were said to be readying for a mass demonstration in Cairo's central square Tuesday, following an announcement by the army that they would not attempt to stop the gathering or fire on protesters.
In Tunisia, the UN said, 219 people were killed and 510 injured in the unrest that broke out there last month, that led to the toppling of the country's president. The current government said it would investigate the deaths, especially the deaths of 72 inmates in a prison riot.