EGYPT: The Eel

On the night of Jan. 25, phones began ringing in Cairo newsrooms. It was Ahmed Hussein, the "Socialist Party" leader, said the voice. He was deathly sick, lying on a bed of pain, and he wanted to be sure the papers reported it. The next afternoon the phones rang again. At that very moment Cairo lay enshrouded in smoke and echoing to sirens as a feverish anti-foreign mob, directed by jeep-borne leaders on a precise timetable, fired $300 million worth of foreign property and took some 60 lives (TIME, Feb. 11). It was...

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