Egypt sees massive looting of antiquities

31 Jan 2011 5:48 AM | Anonymous

Egypt sees massive looting of antiquities
Jan 31st, 2011 | By Joseph Mayton | Category: Egypt, Egyptology

Across Egypt reports are beginning to come in that reveal widespread looting of museums and antiquities, not just in the capital Cairo, sources on the ground told Bikya Masr in a statement.

According to antiquities official Mohamed Megahed, “immense damages to Abusir and Saqqara” were reported. Looters allegedly have gone into tombs that had been sealed and destroyed much of the tombs and took artifacts.

“Only the Imhotep Museum and adjacent central areas were protected by the military. In Abusir, all tombs were opened; large gangs digging day and night,” he said.

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