U.S. tells Egyptian army to exercise 'maximum restraint'

Monday 08-07-2013 08:16 PM
U.S. tells Egyptian army to exercise 'maximum restraint'

Egyptian army soldiers guard Mohamed Mahmoud street which leads to the Interior Ministry, where clashes between protesters and security force took place in late November, near Tahrir Square in Cairo December 5, 2011. Picture taken December 5, 2011. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh


WASHINGTON, July 8 (Reuters) - The State Department on Monday called on the Egyptian army to exercise "maximum restraint" in dealing with protesters after at least 51 people were killed when the military opened fire on supporters of ousted President Mohamed Mursi.

"We strongly condemn any violence as well as any incitement of violence," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told a daily briefing.

"We call on the military to use maximum restraint responding to protesters, just as we urge all of those demonstrating to do so peacefully," she added. (Reporting by Lesley Wroughton and Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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