US expresses 'deep concern' over Egypt 'bloodshed'
WASHINGTON (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry expressed "deep concern" Saturday about the "bloodshed and violence" in Egypt that has killed and injured scores, saying the country faced a "pivotal moment."
Mr Kerry, in a statement following calls with Egyptian and EU officials, also urged an "independent and impartial inquiry" into the events of the past 24 hours and urged all of the Egypt's leaders to act to "help their country take a step back from the brink."
At least 65 people were killed during clashes in Cairo early Saturday, Egypt's health ministry said, after violence erupted at a demonstration in support of ousted president Mohamed Mursi.
The ministry said nine others died in violence in Egypt's second city Alexandria, putting the toll in two days of unrest at 74.