According to church officials, a fire that started Sunday in a Coptic Christian church in Cairo, Egypt, resulted in the deaths of 41 persons. Officials said that the fire began inside the Abu Sifine church in the capital's working-class Imbaba neighborhood for unclear reasons. On his Facebook page, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi wrote, "I have mobilized...
According to church officials, a fire that started Sunday in a Coptic Christian church in Cairo, Egypt, resulted in the deaths of 41 persons.
Officials said that the fire began inside the Abu Sifine church in the capital's working-class Imbaba neighborhood for unclear reasons.
On his Facebook page, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi wrote, "I have mobilized all state services to ensure that all steps are implemented."
Later, the fire department reported that the blaze had been put out.
Of Egypt's 103 million citizens, at least 10 million are Copts, making them the biggest Christian group in the Middle East.
In the most populous Arab nation, a predominantly Muslim nation in north Africa, the minority has been attacked and has complained of discrimination.
Churches, schools, and homes have been burned down as retaliation by Islamists against Copts, especially after Sisi deposed former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.
For the first time in history, Sisi, the first Egyptian president to regularly attend the Coptic Christmas service, recently named a Copt as the chairman of the Constitutional Court.
Egypt has recently had a number of devastating fires.
At least 20 persons perished in a fire at a textile plant in the eastern suburbs of Cairo in March 2021.
In 2020, 14 Covid-19 patients perished in two hospital fires.
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