Sweden's foreign minister delivered a furious put-down to the Egyptian ambassador on Twitter, as reports emerged of dozens more dead in Cairo clashes.

Carl Bildt's asked Ambassador Osama ElMagdoub whether the protesters were "shooting themselves" at the demonstrations, as the diplomat accused Bildt of not understanding Egypt.

Security forces have clashed with supporters of Egypt's ousted president with at least 65 protesters feared dead in what the Muslim Brotherhood named a new massacre worse even than the killing of 50 Morsi supporters outside a central mosque in early July.

Saturday's clashes were sparked when pro-Morsi protesters sought to expand their main Cairo sit-in camp by moving onto a nearby main boulevard, only to be confronted by police and armed civilians – reportedly residents of nearby neighborhoods, Reuters reported.


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Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi protest outside a field hospital where the bodies of supporters of Morsi are brought


Speaking on Saturday morning, William Hague, the Foreign Secretary said: “I am deeply concerned by recent events in Egypt, and condemn the use of force against protesters which has led to the loss of lives.

“I call on all sides to refrain from violence. Now is the time for dialogue, not confrontation. It is the responsibility of leaders on all sides to take steps to reduce tensions. I call on the Egyptian authorities to respect the right of peaceful protest, to cease the use of violence against protestors, including live fire, and to hold to account those responsible.

“I also call on the Egyptian authorities to release political leaders detained following the events of 3 July, or charge them in accordance with the law. Such charges must be free from any suspicion that they are politically motivated.

“In our view, Egypt needs a political process that includes all groups on an equal footing leading to early and fair elections which all parties are able to contest."

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  • Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi hold pictures of him and chant slogans during a protest at Nasr City, where protesters have installed their camp and hold their daily rallies, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, July 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

  • A man flashes a victory sign and waves an Egyptian flag at an Egyptian military helicopter as it flies over the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, July 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • An Egyptian military helicopter reflects on a glass window as it flies over the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, July 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • Muslim protesters display posters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi during a rally in support of the toppled leader, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, July 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

  • Muslim protesters display posters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi during a rally in support of the toppled leader, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, July 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

  • A man waves Egyptian flags as he kneels on a bridge that leads to Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, July 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • Egyptian soldiers stand guard atop an armored personnel vehicle on a bridge that leads to Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, July 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • Egyptians living in Malaysia hold up a poster of Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and an Egyptian flag during a rally to support the army and police to confront terrorism and violence in Egypt, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, July 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

  • An Egyption woman and supporter of deposed president Mohamed Morsi is evacuated by volunteers after she fainted during Friday prayers in Cairo on July 26, 2013 as Morsi supporters continue to hold a sit in outside Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque. (FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • An Egyptian man waving his national flag walks next to soldiers in their armoured vehicle as he walks towards Cairo's Tahrir square on July 26, 2013. (KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Egyptian supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi shout anti-government slogans and wave their national flag during a demonstration following Friday prayers in Cairo on July 26, 2013, as Morsi supporters continue to hold a sit in outside Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque. (FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • An Egyptian supporter of deposed president Mohamed Morsi waves his national flag during a demonstration following Friday prayers in Cairo on July 26, 2013, as Morsi supporters continue to hold a sit in outside Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque. (FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Egyptian supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi perform Friday prayers in Cairo on July 26, 2013, as supporters of the former Islamist leader continue to hold a sit in outside Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque. (FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A man flashes a victory sign at an Egyptian military helicopter as it flies over the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, July 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • Egyptian supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi (portrait) shout slogans during a demonstration following Friday prayers in Cairo on July 26, 2013, as supporters of the former Islamist leader continue to hold a sit in outside Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque. (FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Egyptian supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi (portrait) wave their national flag and shout slogans during a demonstration following Friday prayers in Cairo on July 26, 2013, as Morsi supporters continue to hold a sit in outside Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque. (FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • An Egyptian military helicopter flies over Egyptians protesting against the ousted President Mohammed Morsi during a demonstration at the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, July 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • Egyptian supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi perform Friday prayers in Cairo on July 26, 2013, as they continue to hold a sit in outside Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque. (FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi hold a sign reading in Arabic, 'I love you Morsi', during a demonstration in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria on July 26, 2013. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Egyptian supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi shout slogans during a demonstration following Friday prayers in Cairo on July 26, 2013, as supporters of the former Islamist leader continue to hold a sit in outside Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque. (FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi take part in a demonstration in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria on July 26, 2013. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • An Egyptian army helicoper hovers as Egyptian opponents to ousted president Mohamed Morsi gather at Tahrir square in Cairo on July 26, 2013. (KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi hold a sign reading in Arabic, 'down with the (military) coup', during a demonstration in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria on July 26, 2013. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi hold up a dummy decorated with a portrait of Egyptian Army chief who ousted Morsi, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, and the Israeli and US flags, during a demonstration in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria on July 26, 2013. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Egyptian supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi perform Friday prayers in Cairo on July 26, 2013, as Morsi supporters continue to hold a sit in outside Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque. (FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Egyptian opponents to ousted president Mohamed Morsi pray at Tahrir square in Cairo on July 26, 2013. (KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Egyptian police stand guard following a grenade attack on the Dahqaliya police station in Mansura, the regional capital of the Dahqaliya province, north of Cairo, late on July 23, 2013. (SAYED BAZ/AFP/Getty Images)

  • An Egyptian man passes by a burnt out cars near Cairo University on July 24, 2013, where supporters of Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi are holding an open sit in. (KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Egyptian police stand guard following a grenade attack on the Dahqaliya police station in Mansura, the regional capital of Dahqaliya, late on July 23, 2013. (SAYED BAZ/AFP/Getty Images)

  • An injured man sits on a gurney following a grenade attack at the Dahqaliya police station in Mansura, the regional capital of Dahqaliya, on July 24, 2013. (SAYED BAZ/AFP/Getty Images)

  • An injured man sits on a gurney following a grenade attack at the Dahqaliya police station in Mansura, the regional capital of Dahqaliya, on July 24, 2013. (SAYED BAZ/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A supporters of Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi holds up his portrait as demonstrators continue to hold a sit in outside Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque on July 24, 2013. (FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Supporters of Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi stand guard near Cairo University on July 24, 2013, where they are holding an open sit in. Egypt's army chief called for mass rallies to back a crackdown on 'terrorism and violence', in comments a senior Islamist quickly slammed as a 'threat,' vowing to press protests. AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images)