UN Secretary-General strongly condemns violence in Egypt

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the violence in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, when security forces used force to clear sit-ins and demonstrations on Wednesday.

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, the Secretary-General says the United Nations is still gathering precise information about the day's events.

However, he adds, it appears that hundreds of people were killed or wounded in clashes between security forces and demonstrators.

Secretary-General Ban says he regrets that the Egyptian authorities chose to use force to respond to the ongoing demonstrations.

He is urging all Egyptians to concentrate their efforts on promoting genuinely inclusive reconciliation.

Mr. Ban stresses his firm belief that violence and incitement from any side are not the answers to the challenges that Egypt is facing.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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