Overnight clashes in Cairo between security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsy killed seven people, officials said on Tuesday, as Egypt’s interim leadership called for reconciliation.

The clashes in the heart of Cairo and in adjacent Giza, in which hundreds of people were also wounded, were the first to rock the Egyptian capital since dozens of Morsy supporters were shot dead outside an elite army barracks early last week.

The unrest came just hours after Under Secretary of State Bill Burns — the most senior U.S. official to visit since the army toppled the elected Islamist President on July 3 — appealed for an end to the violence rocking the Arab world’s most populous nation.

Meanwhile, Cairo voiced “strong resentment” on Tuesday at comments by Turkey PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan backing Mr. Morsy as the legitimate President. — AFP