이집트 콥트교회 화재로 수십명 사망, 대부분 어린이: 보고서

인구 밀도가 높은 임바바 지역의 아부 세페인 교회를 휩쓴 화재, 적어도 죽이는 41 사람과 최소한 부상 14 기타, Egypt’s Coptic Church 말했다, citing health officials for the casualty toll.

Two security sources told Reuters that 5,000 worshippers were gathered at the church when the fire broke out and blocked the entrance, causing a stampede.

The sources said most of those killed were children.

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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.

Security members stand at the scene where a deadly fire broke out at the Abu Sifin church in Cairo’s Imbaba neighborhood on Sunday. (Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

그만큼 cause of the blaze was not immediately known. Police said an initial investigation blamed an electrical short-circuit.

More than a dozen firefighting vehicles fought to put out the flames while ambulances rushed victims to nearby 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.

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. (Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

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

I am closely following the developments of the tragic accident,” el-Sissi wrote on Facebook. “I directed all concerned state agencies and institutions to take all necessary measures, and immediately to deal with this accident and its effects.

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