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WASHINGTON Feb 2 U.S. Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton urged Egypt's newly named vice president to
hold accountable those responsible for violence in Cairo on
Wednesday, the U.S. State Department said.
Clinton spoke by telephone with Omar Suleiman, Egypt's
intelligence chief who was elevated to vice president by
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Saturday, to make the
point, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters.
"She emphasized, again, our condemnation of the violence
that occurred today, encouraged the government to hold those
responsible fully accountable for this violence," Crowley told
reporters. "We don't know, at this point, who did it."
Mubarak supporters, throwing petrol bombs, wielding sticks
and charging on horses and camels, assaulted anti-Mubarak
demonstrators in Cairo on Wednesday after the army told the
protesters to go home.
Anti-Mubarak protesters hurled stones back and said the
attackers were police in plainclothes. The Interior Ministry
denied the accusation, and the Egyptian government rejected
international calls for Mubarak to end his 30-year-rule now.
(Editing by Sandra Maler)