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Fire at Coptic Church in Egypt kills dozens, typically children: report

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Young children were being amid the dozens of worshippers killed Sunday when a fire ripped by way of a Coptic church in Cairo, according to stories.

The blaze tore by way of the Abu Sefein church in the densely populated neighborhood of Imbaba, killing at least 41 people today and injuring at the very least 14 other people, Egypt’s Coptic Church explained, citing wellness officers for the casualty toll.

Two stability resources instructed Reuters that 5,000 worshippers ended up collected at the church when the fire broke out and blocked the entrance, leading to a stampede. 

The resources said most of people killed ended up kids.

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Security members stand at the scene where a deadly fire broke out at the Abu Sifin church in Cairo's Imbaba neighborhood on Sunday.

Safety users stand at the scene where a lethal hearth broke out at the Abu Sifin church in Cairo’s Imbaba neighborhood on Sunday.
(Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

The cause of the blaze was not promptly known. Police reported an initial investigation blamed an electrical short-circuit.

A lot more than a dozen firefighting automobiles fought to place out the flames although ambulances rushed victims to close by hospitals.

People and policemen stand near the scene where a deadly fire broke out at the Abu Sifin church in Cairo's Imbaba neighborhood on Sunday.

Folks and policemen stand around the scene in which a deadly fire broke out at the Abu Sifin church in Cairo’s Imbaba community on Sunday.
(Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

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President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi spoke by phone with the Coptic Christian Pope Tawadros II to give his condolences, the president’s business explained.

“I am intently pursuing the developments of the tragic accident,” el-Sissi wrote on Fb. “I directed all worried condition businesses and institutions to get all essential steps, and straight away to offer with this accident and its outcomes.”

The Online News 72h contributed to this report.

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