At least two of seven aides to deposed President Leslie Manigat believed to be in jail since the military coup are American citizens, a U.S. Embassy spokesman said.

The United States on Wednesday protested the detention by Haiti's restored military regime of members of the deposed four-month civilian government."We find that alarming as one of the first acts of the Namphy regime," State Department spokesman Charles E. Redman said in Washington. "We have taken that issue up with Haitian officials, making clear . . .that we expect strict respect for internationally recognized human and civil rights."

U.S. Embassy spokesman Jeffrey Lite said the United States was aware that Americans might be in jail and was "pursuing" the situation. He declined to elaborate.

Lt. Gen. Henri Namphy overthrew Manigat Sunday and proclaimed himself president the next day.