United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced concern about growing violence in Egypt and called for restraint.
“I’m concerned about the growing violence. I have urged all sides to exercise restraint. Violent attacks against peaceful protesters are completely unacceptable,” Ban told a news conference in London.
It was important to ensure an orderly and peaceful transition in Egypt, he said. “I have urged all parties to engage in such a process without delay,” he said.
“We should not underestimate the danger of instability across the Middle East,” he said, adding that the U.N. stood ready to support bold reforms needed to support people’s aspirations, Reuters reports.
Earlier, gunmen fired on anti-government protesters in Cairo, where fighting killed six and wounded over 800 and prompted new calls on Thursday from Western powers for President Hosni Mubarak to start handing over power immediately.