The United States said Wednesday it wants Egypt's interim military rulers to investigate the violence that led to the deaths of 20 people.
"We're obviously very concerned about the recent violence in Egypt," State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner told reporters. "We want to see an immediate end to this violence."
Thugs attacked an anti-military protest near the defense ministry in Cairo on Wednesday, sparking clashes which killed 20 people in the politically tense run-up to Egypt's first post-uprising presidential poll.
"We want to see the government of Egypt investigate these events and hold those responsible for the violence accountable. We obviously support the rights of all individuals to peacefully protest," Toner added.