Egyptian Army Apologizes for Violence

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Ambulances make their way through thousands of Egyptian protesters in Tahrir Square in Cairo on November 23, 2011. (MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

The Supreme Council of Armed Forces, Egypt's military-led transitional government, issued an apology Thursday for the bloodshed caused by security forces in clashes with protesters. At least 35 people have been killed in the demonstrations, which are now in their sixth day. In a statement from two generals posted to Facebook, the SCAF offered its "regrets and deep apologies for the deaths of martyrs from among Egypt’s loyal sons during the recent events in Tahrir Square." Protesters are demanding the military accelerate its transition to civilian rule.

Hugh Sykes of the BBC has the latest from Cairo.

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