Muslims, Christians join forces to fight Egyptian church fire

In this Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 file photo, a policeman stands guard in front of Mar Mina church after a deadly attack claimed by the Islamic State group, in Helwan, Cairo, Egypt. (AP)
Updated 27 April 2019

Muslims, Christians join forces to fight Egyptian church fire

  • Despite its unique architectural value, the landmark church of Mar Girgis was demolished a few months ago following a demolition order

ABU QURQAS, Egypt: Muslim and Christian worshippers in an Egyptian city turned firefighters to tackle a blaze at the site of a recently demolished church.
Local residents, who spotted smoke billowing from a camp in the grounds of the Coptic Orthodox church of Mar Girgis (St. George) in Abu Qurqas, Minya province, raced to the scene and worked together to extinguish flames.
By the time fire crews arrived the blaze had been put out. There were no casualties and officials are investigating the cause.

Landmark church
In a statement, the Coptic Orthodox Church said the fire broke out at 4 a.m. and all the camp’s contents were destroyed.
Despite its unique architectural value, the landmark church of Mar Girgis was demolished a few months ago following a demolition order.
Archaeologist Dr. Monica Hanna said the church had contained valuable oil paintings and other historical features.


Kurds ‘may be releasing’ Daesh prisoners in Syria to get US involved: Trump

Updated 55 min 33 sec ago

Kurds ‘may be releasing’ Daesh prisoners in Syria to get US involved: Trump

  • ‘Europe had a chance to get their Daesh prisoners, but didn’t want the cost’
  • ‘... Kurds may be releasing some to get us involved’

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump suggested Monday that Kurdish fighters may be releasing imprisoned Daesh group militants to force the United States to remain involved in northeastern Syria.
“Europe had a chance to get their Daesh prisoners, but didn’t want the cost. ‘Let the USA pay,’ they said...” Trump tweeted, using an alternate acronym for the Daesh group.


“... Kurds may be releasing some to get us involved. Easily recaptured by Turkey or European Nations from where many came, but they should move quickly.”