At least 41 people were killed in a church fire in Egypt’s Giza city on Sunday, with more than 40 others left injured.
According to local media reports, the electrical fire broke out as some 5,000 worshippers gathered at the Coptic Abu Sifin church in the Imbaba neighbourhood for weekly prayers.
The fire blocked an entrance to the building, causing a stampede.
President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has since issued directives to relevant authorities to respond to the incident.
“I am closely following the developments in the tragic incident at Al-Munira Church in Giza governorate,” el-Sisi said in a statement.
“I gave directives to all relevant state authorities and institutions to take all necessary measures to deal with the incident and its effects promptly and provide all healthcare to the wounded. I extend my sincerest condolences to the families of the innocent victims, who passed away in one of God’s places of worship.”
The Egyptian first lady also sent out a message of condolence to the affected families and wished a speedy recovery to those injured.