Egypt’s rulers in peril with growing violence

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“This is an internal conflict between Egyptians. These are the growing pains of a new democracy. There comes a point where stepping back is in our best interests,” Ms. Aziz said.

Mr. Carney told reporters traveling with the president aboard Air Force One that Egyptians need to pursue a peaceful process to quell the current unrest.

“This democratic process must adhere to the rights of all Egyptians. And we look to the government of Egypt to ensure that the people’s right to due process is protected,” he said.

• Dave Boyer reported from Washington. Nahla Samaha in Cairo and Shaun Waterman in Washington contributed to this report.

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