Israel returns 90 stolen antiquities to Egypt
|Archive photo of an Egyptian mummy coffin [Credit: Reuters]|
The Egyptian authorities had asked Israel to investigate after noticing that a Jerusalem auction house advising on its website of some 110 ancient Egyptian artifacts going on the block. Now 90 have been seized and returned, says Cairo, and the hunt is on for the rest.
The announcement of the artifacts' return was made Sunday by the Cairene Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim.
In parallel with seeking Israel's help, Ibrahim also urged that Interpol investigate. In contrast to the definitive announcement from Cairo, Israel's Foreign Ministry stated on Monday that the topic is still being handled.
Two other precious artifacts that Egypt is waiting to get back are stolen lids from elaborately decorated ancient ritual coffins, thousands of years old. Those had been found in a raid of antiques shops in Jerusalem's Old City in 2012.
Source: Haaretz [November 09, 2013]
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