Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says Bahrain and its Persian Gulf neighbors are "on the wrong track" with the use of regional troops to help the kingdom's forces maintain order.
Clinton tells CBS News during a trip to Egypt that the situation in Bahrain is "alarming" and the use of force against peaceful demonstrators isn't an alternative to negotiations toward greater democracy.
Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries have sent hundreds of troops to assist security forces in Bahrain, where Shiite-led protesters are protesting against the Sunni monarchy.
Officials say at least five people were killed in clashes across the kingdom.
Clinton says the U.S. has demanded that Bahrain's government exercise restraint and keep medical facilities open so the injured can be treated.