France returns stolen antiques to Egypt
|This ancient Egyptian wooden coffin lids, cut in half into suitcase-sized pieces, was seized|
by Israeli authorities in a shop in Jerusalem [Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority]
Three of the archaeological pieces are parts of a glass statue of a person - its head, torso and arm.
The others are made of linen and plaster.
Egyptian officials tracked them to auction houses in the south of France after spotting them on the internet, according to Ali Ahmed, an official at the Egyptian Antiquities Ministry.
A large number of historically important antiques were stolen, damaged or destroyed during the 18-day anti-Mubarak revolt.
Many were illegally exported and have been found abroad, notable in France, Britain and Germany.
At the beginning of the month 90 objects were returned after being found for sale at an auction house in Jerusalem.
Source: RFI [December 04, 2013]
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