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U.S. State Department identifies American killed in Egypt

FILE - In this Friday, June 28, 2013 file photo, an Egyptian man walks past graffiti Arabic writing that reads, "leave", on new concrete barricades erected ahead of mass protests against the country's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi that block the entrance of the presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

JERUSALEM: The State Department has identified the American killed in Egypt during violent clashes between government supporters and opponents.

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf, traveling with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in the Middle East, says Andrew Pochter was killed Friday in Alexandria. The department has issued a warning advising Americans to defer nonessential travel to Egypt because of the continuing violence there.

Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, says in a statement on its website that Pochter was a 21-year-old student from Chevy Chase, Md., working in Egypt as an intern for a non-profit education organization.

The State Department says the young American was killed while photographing battles between supporters and foes of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. Details were not available.

 

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