Carter 'deeply concerned' over Egypt violence
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Former US President Jimmy Carter called for calm in Egypt on Saturday, warning that the escalating violence was jeopardizing any hope of future reconciliation.
More than 750 people have died in four days of violence this week after a bloody crackdown in Cairo on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi.
The bloodshed has been widely condemned by the international community, and Mr Carter urged Egyptian security forces to show greater restraint.
"I am deeply concerned that the ongoing violence in Egypt is rapidly eroding the chances for dialogue and a road to reconciliation," Mr Carter said in a statement.