US deeply concerned by Egypt raid on pro-democracy groups

By REUTERS
December 29, 2011 20:33

 
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WASHINGTON - The United States expressed deep concern on Thursday after Egyptian police raided offices of 17 pro-democracy and human rights groups, including several funded by the United States, and urged Egyptian authorities to immediately halt "harassment" of non-governmental organization staff.

"We are very concerned because this is not appropriate in the current environment," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said, adding that senior US officials had been in touch with Egyptian military leaders to express their concern over the raid.

"We are looking for this issue to be resolved immediately," Nuland said

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