The Cairo Semiramis is a luxury InterContinental hotel frequented by Westerners.

In an alarming series of tweets, hotel staff pleaded for help and described a “large group of thugs” breaking down barriers to storm the lobby. The damage was severe.

The new normal in Egypt:

Another report from the scene:

Violence and political unrest continues today:

Meanwhile, the U.S. Embassy in Cairo has more pressing concerns.