Restoration of Imbaba church expected to begin in 10 days’ time

Giza's governor has announced that the restoration of buildings damaged and burnt in sectarian clashes on Saturday will begin as soon as inspections of the area are completed.

Governor Ali Abdel Rahman said the criminal lab will likely finish its work within 10 days. He said the governorate will bear the cost of the restorations, estimated at LE6 million. 

The clashes, which left 12 dead and about 240 injured, began after rumors spread that a Coptic woman had converted to Islam and was then held in a church. 

Six floors of the Church of the Virgin Mary were burnt and several surrounding shops and buildings damaged. The repairs are expected to take three months because of the amount of damage and the destruction of church mosaics.

The governorate will financially compensate victims of the clashes.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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