White House condemns violence in Egypt

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被趕下台前總統穆爾西支持者,聚集在開羅,天天進行抗議。 (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

EDGARTOWN, Massachusetts (AP)

The White House is condemning violence in Egypt, saying it will only make it more difficult for the country to move forward.

At least 149 people were killed in Egypt on Wednesday, many in assaults on protest vigils among supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. Egypt’s interim president declared a monthlong state of emergency, ordering the armed forces to support police in efforts to restore law and order.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest, speaking in Massachusetts, where President Barack Obama is vacationing, says the violence runs counter to the pledges made by Egypt’s interim government.

He says the “world is watching” what is happening in Cairo and urged restraint.

The Obama administration has avoided making a determination on whether Morsi’s ouster was a coup.

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