Cairo: Egyptian soldiers and protesters clashed for the fourth straight day in the iconic Tahrir Square here killing three more people and taking the four-day toll to 14 even as US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton appealed to the military to allow peaceful expression and assembly.

The clashes are said to have continued all through the night with at least three more deaths, according to the protesters.

News propagated on the social networking sites have been speaking about snipers on roof tops targeting the protesters in the square.

The protesters also tweeted that the Army is using water mixed with gasoline to disperse the people in the square.

The clashes have been raging since Friday in and around Tahrir Square, which served as the epicenter of the popular uprising that toppled longtime leader Hosni Mubarak in February. The fresh violence started a day after the second phase of polls closed when soldiers stormed an anti-military protest outside the Cabinet building, a short distance from Tahrir on Friday.

The protesters are demanding that the ruling militarycouncil step down and hand power to a civilian government.

However the Egyptian military have undertaken an unprecedented heavy handed crackdown.

Meanwhile, Clinton has called on Egyptians to stop the violence and has the authorities to grant the people the right to peaceful demonstrations.

"I urge Egyptian security forces to respect and protect the universal rights of all Egyptians, including the rights to peaceful free expression and assembly," a "deeply concerned" Clinton said in a statement on Sunday.

A similar call was made by the UN Secretary-general Ban Ki Moon. The Supreme Council of Armed Forces is expected to give a presser later in the day to explain the situation after repeatedly having denied it had anything to do with the event and insisting the protesters had started it first.

Also, late last night the results of the second round of parliamentary elections were announced with the Freedom and Justice party of the Muslim Brotherhood still leading followed by the Salafi Nur party while liberal Egyptian Bloc and Wafd compete for third positions.

The exact figures are not out yet but the Muslim Brotherhood believes they won around 40 percent of the seats.

The majority of independent seats await the runoffs on December 21 and 22. The turnout at the second round is estimated at 67 percent.

Meanwhile, one of the most widely shared clips of the recent events show an Egyptian women who was fully clothed and veiled being beaten and dragged by Army soldiers across Tahrir square until she was left unconscious in her bra and jeans.

Although an indubitable piece of evidence about the events in the square, the clip was ridiculed by talk shows on Islamic stations where the presenters said that women should not have left their houses in the first place since matters were violent.

The reaction to the news on Facebook has been mixed with many users expressing anti-revolutionary sentiments as support for protesters dwindle nationwide.

The loss of rare manuscripts and books in the L'institute D' Egypte which was burnt down in the recent incidents aided the public disdain.

According to Khaled Fahmi, head of the history department at the American University in Cairo, revolutionaries did enter the building which was on fire and attempted to salvage its contents.

They turned everything they rescued to the Army.

(Agencies)