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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  • The body of a Shiite Muslim man is lifted into a truck in the village of Abu Mussalam after he and others were attacked by a mob when they allegedly refused to leave a house where they had gathered, on June 23, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images)

  • The body of a bloodied Shiite Muslim man lies on the ground in the village of Abu Mussalam after he and others were attacked by a mob when they allegedly refused to leave a house where they had gathered, on June 23, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images)

  • The body of a bloodied Shiite Muslim man lies on the ground in the village of Abu Mussalam after he and others were attacked by a mob when they allegedly refused to leave a house where they had gathered, on June 23, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images)

  • An Egypt police stands at the feet of two Shiite Muslim men laying on the floor of a truck in the village of Abu Mussalam after they and others were attacked by a mob when they allegedly refused to leave a house where they had gathered, on June 23, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images)

  • The body of a bloodied Shiite Muslim man lies on the ground in the village of Abu Mussalam after he and others were attacked by a mob when they allegedly refused to leave a house where they had gathered, on June 23, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images)

  • The body of a Shiite Muslim man is lifted into a truck in the village of Abu Mussalam after he and others were attacked by a mob when they allegedly refused to leave a house where they had gathered, on June 23, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images)

  • An Egypt police stands at the feet of two Shiite Muslim men laying on the floor of a truck in the village of Abu Mussalam after they and others were attacked by a mob when they allegedly refused to leave a house where they had gathered, on June 23, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images)

  • Egyptians look on as a mob in the village of Abu Mussalam attacked Shiite Muslim men gathered in a house after they allegedly refused to leave, on June 23, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images)

  • Egyptians look on as a mob in the village of Abu Mussalam attacked Shiite Muslim men gathered in a house after they allegedly refused to leave, on June 23, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images)

  • The body of a Shiite Muslim man is lifted into a truck in the village of Abu Mussalam after he and others were attacked by a mob when they allegedly refused to leave a house where they had gathered, on June 23, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images)