CAIRO: The US has made “no offers to send troops to protect Coptic places of worship in Egypt,” its Cairo embassy said in a statement.
The statement denied press reports that cited US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as saying that the US offered to “protect religious minorities” in Egypt.
The US embassy in Cairo also said it was “deeply concerned” by the violence that broke out on Sunday night “between demonstrators and security forces.”
The latest death toll according to state news agency MENA is 24 and the number of injuries tops 300.
“We express our condolences to their families and loved ones. We note Prime Minister [Essam] Sharaf’s call for an investigation, and appeal to all parties to remain calm.”