Egyptian Coptic church to be fixed after fire


(Picture: Ahram Online)

The Egyptian Armed Forces Engineering Authority has been ordered to reconstruct a Coptic Orthodox church that was ravaged by a deadly fire at the weekend.

At least 41 worshippers lost their lives in the blaze which occurred during morning services at the Martyr Abu Sefein church near the capital Cairo. At least 18 children are said to be among the dead.

It’s suspected that an electrical short circuit in a power generator caused the fire.

Egyptian authorities say the families of the deceased will receive 100,000 Egyptian pounds or around R84 000. Those injured will also be compensated.

In recent years Egypt has suffered several deadly fires. Last year at least 20 people died in a textile factory fire.




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