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Premier League footballer Mohammad Salah donates more than £100,000 to Egypt church fire

by Sophie Drew

Liverpool football star Mohammed Salah has donated 3 million Egyptian dollars (£129, 706) to help victims of a fire in an Egyptian church, despite being a Muslim.

At least 41 people died in the fire in Giza; it's estimated that more than 1,000 worshippers were gathered at the Abu Sifin church. A further 45 churchgoers are believed to have been injured. 

Officials believe the blaze started due to an electrical fault in the air conditioning unit. The fire blocked the entrance of the church, causing a stampede.  As least 18 children are believed to be among the dead. 

The "Egyptian King" has already been named the eighth most generous person in the UK, according to the Sunday Times newspaper in 2022. 

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi offered his "sincere condolences to the families of the innocent victims that have passed on to be with their Lord in one of his houses of worship".

The armed forces have been ordered to rebuild the church. 

Last year the Egyptian Government gave around £4,300 to families affected after an electrical fault caused a blaze in a hospital during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, killing seven patients.

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