埃及科普特教堂大火造成数十人死亡, 主要是儿童: 报告

大火烧毁了人口稠密的因巴巴社区的阿布塞芬教堂, 至少杀死 41 人和至少受伤 14 其他, Egypt’s Coptic Church 说过, 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)

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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