Egypt violence: Cairo clashes go into fourth day
At least two people have died in fresh clashes between protesters and troops in the Egyptian capital Cairo, bringing the death toll since Friday to 13.
Security forces moved into Tahrir Square before dawn, using batons and tear gas to drive out the protesters, who retaliated by throwing stones.
By dawn, the protesters returned to the square, while the troops again manned barricades in nearby streets.
The ruling generals said the clashes were a plot to destabilise the country.
Gen Adel Emara, a member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (Scaf), said there was “systematic” plan to destroy the Egyptian state by shaking confidence in its security forces.
“From the start of the revolution, evil forces have wanted to drag Egypt into a chaos, putting army into confrontation with the people,” he added.
Gen Emara also insisted soldiers and police had shown “self-restraint”.
Earlier, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she was “deeply concerned” by the violence and urged the authorities “to respect and protect the universal rights of all Egyptians”.
“Those who are protesting should do so peacefully and refrain from acts of violence,” Mrs Clinton added.