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White House condemns ‘bloodshed and violence’ in Egypt

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The White House condemned on Monday the "bloodshed and violence" in Egypt but took no immediate steps to suspend U.S. military assistance to Egypt.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the violence, in which 80 people were killed in Cairo, sets back the process of democratization in Egypt and does not square with the interim government’s pledge to swiftly return to civilian rule.

“The United States strongly condemns the bloodshed and violence” in Cairo and Alexandria, Earnest said in a statement, urging the military-backed interim government to respect the rights of demonstrators.

But asked if the violence would prompt the United States to suspend aid to Egypt’s military, Earnest said: “I don’t have any change in our posture to report to you today.” He said aid is under review, as it has been since Egypt’s military takeover on July 3.

(With Reuters)