On Sunday, Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi ordered the renovation of the Abu Sefein Coptic Church at the Imbaba neighbourhood in Giza.
A massive fire broke out early morning at the church and killed at least 41 people and injured 14 others, according to health ministry sources.
In a statement, President Sisi issued directives to the Armed Forces Engineering Authority to undertake the renovation process of the fire-hit Church.
Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria and head of the Coptic Orthodox Church received a telephone conversation earlier today from Major General Hisham Al-Swaify, head of the Armed Forces Engineering Authority, during which he offered condolences to His Holiness over the massive fire.
Preliminary investigations said the high number of injuries in the fire was due to the presence of a nursery inside the Abu Sefein Church in the northern Egyptian governorate.
Security authorities in Giza announced confiscating surveillance cameras on buildings and shops overlooking the church to determine the causes of the fire.
On his Twitter, El-Sisi said he is following up closely on the developments of the tragic incident at the church in the Al-Mounira area of Giza.
“I directed all concerned state agencies and institutions to take all the required measures immediately to deal with the incident and its impacts and provide all forms of health care to the injured,” El-Sisi said.
“I offer my sincere condolences to the families of the innocent victims who went to be with their Lord in one of the houses in which he is worshipped,” the president added.