The United States Secretary of State urged Egypt to investigate the attacks on Cairo protesters that left three dead on Wednesday and over 600 injured, the U.S. State Department spokesman said on Wednesday.
Hundreds were wounded and three people were killed on Wednesday when several thousand supporters of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak attacked anti-government protesters in Cairo by raining stones, bottles and firebombs on each other in scenes of uncontrolled violence as soldiers stood by without intervening.
Government backers galloped in on horses and camels, only to be dragged to the ground and beaten bloody. The attacks happened only hours after Mubarak gave a speech rejecting demands that he end his nearly 30-year reign on the country immediately.
U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke with Egypt’s new Vice President Omar Suleiman about Wednesday’s attacks, encouraging him to “hold those responsible fully accountable for this violence.”