While most Westerners have attempted to flee the chaos that is quickly engulfing Cairo, CNN's Anderson Cooper has gone the other way, landing in Egypt and reporting live from the near anarchy. Unfortunately, he, like many other reporters, has been engulfed in the whirlwind of escalating tensions and unchecked looting. All that fury came to a head today when the anchor was attacked and punched in the face almost ten times by pro-Mubarek supporters.

According to CNN, protesters also attacked his producers and camera crew, at one point trying to smash their equipment. The men had been trying to make their way into a so-called safe zone, but they were stopped along the way and beaten. A short time later on air, Cooper admitted he wanted to fight back but worried it would have caused more problems as the CNN crew was surrounded.

Take a look at Cooper's report, filmed live just moments after the scary altercation…

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