126 stolen artifacts are being sold in Israel, says antiquities ministry

23 Sep 2013 7:02 AM | Anonymous
126 stolen artifacts are being sold in Israel, says antiquities ministry
Sun, 22/09/2013 - 14:20
FILE - In this Tuesday, April 12, 2011 file photo, a wooden statue of Tutankhamun, right, the gilded bronze and wooden trumpet of Tutankhamun and a part of Tutankhamun's fan, left, three of four objects that were missing and returned, are displayed during a news conference in the office of Egypt's Minister of State for Antiquities Zahi Hawass, in Cairo. Taking advantage of Egypt's political upheaval, thieves have gone on a treasure hunt with a spree of illegal digging, preying on the country's ancient pharaonic heritage.
The Ministry of State for Monuments Affairs informed Interpol that 126 pharaonic artifacts were stolen and are currently being shown in two auction halls in Jerusalem. The ministry demanded necessary measures be taken.
In a statement, the ministry said it took immediate action once informed that Egyptian artifacts were being sold in Jerusalemso in order for required measures to be taken to stop the selling and promotion of around 16 pieces.
The statement added that the ministry contacted Interpol in Egypt to follow up on the issue with authorities in Jerusalem. The minitsry requested Interpol to call on Israeli authorities to conduct investigations and prove the halls possess the artifacts
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