Obama 'deeply concerned' about Egypt violence
Egyptians gather at the coffins of some of the 24 Coptic Christians killed during over night clashes on October 10.
October 10th, 2011
11:28 AM ET

Obama 'deeply concerned' about Egypt violence

THe White House has issued a statement on the recent violence in Eygpt:

The President is deeply concerned about the violence in Egypt that has led to a tragic loss of life among demonstrators and security forces. The United States expresses our condolences to the families and loved ones of all who were killed or injured, and stands with the Egyptian people in this painful and difficult time. Now is a time for restraint on all sides so that Egyptians can move forward together to forge a strong and united Egypt. As the Egyptian people shape their future, the United States continues to believe that the rights of minorities – including Copts – must be respected, and that all people have the universal rights of peaceful protest and religious freedom. We also note Prime Minister Sharaf's call for an investigation and appeal to all parties to refrain from violence. These tragic events should not stand in the way of timely elections and a continued transition to democracy that is peaceful, just and inclusive.

The number of dead in clashes between the army and pro-Coptic Christian protesters in Egypt over the weekend rose to at least 25, with at least 272 wounded, a Healthy Ministry official told CNN Monday.

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  1. Hugh

    I don't see why he is concerned. After all, it was his state department that set up websites on the internet to urge these people to rebel against their governments. He is the cause of the violence, so what is he so worried about?

    October 10, 2011 at 11:48 am |
  2. molleja

    This is BO political theatrics. The ONLY thing this president is concerned about is his own re-election. He is in a heap of political trouble from all sides and he has no one to thank or blame buy himself.

    October 10, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  3. jean2009

    Obama-Biden 2012

    October 10, 2011 at 6:30 pm |