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U.S. condemns "deplorable" violence in Egypt


09:17, November 23, 2011

WASHINGTON, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- White House on Tuesday condemned the "deplorable" violence in Egypt, calling on all sides to exercise restraint.

"We are deeply concerned about the violence. The violence is deplorable. We call on all sides to exercise restraint," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters during a press gaggle on board the Air Force One.

"The violence needs to stop," he said. "The Egyptians need to be able to decide their future and decide it in a peaceful manner. "

Hours later, at the State Department, spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the U.S. condemned the "excessive force used by the police," urging the Egyptian government to "exercise maximum restraint" and protect "the universal right of all Egyptians."

Nuland blamed the violence more on the Egyptian government, noting that it has "a particular responsibility" to restrain security forces and allow for peaceful demonstration.

Violence continues as massive protests in Cairo entered its fifth day on Tuesday. According to the health ministry, 28 people died and more than 2,000 were injured in the clashes over the past four days. Protests and clashes also erupted in other Egyptian cities including Alexandria, Suez and Ismailia, with casualties.

Under pressure from the protesters, Egypt's ruling military council on Tuesday accepted the resignation of the caretaker government headed by Prime Minister Essam Sharaf, local media reported.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces also reportedly agreed at a meeting with Egyptian political parties to form a national salvation government and hand over the power back to a civilian government before July 1.

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