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WASHINGTON, Feb 2 (Reuters) - 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