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Minister to outline damage to Cairo's Islamic Museum

Cairo's Islamic Museum was severely damaged in a terrorist attack targeting the nearby police headquarters on Friday

Nevine El-Aref , Sunday 26 Jan 2014
the damaged Museum of Islamic Art building
Riot police officers stand guard in front of the damaged Museum of Islamic Art building, after a bomb blast occurred at the nearby Cairo Security Directorate, which includes police and state security, in downtown Cairo, January 24, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
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The antiquities ministry is to hold a press conference on Sunday afternoon to explain the extent of the damage caused to the Islamic Museum in Friday's bomb blast.

Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said a short documentary and slide show would show the level of destruction caused to the exhibits and the building.

Ibrahim thanked UNESCO General Director Irina Bokova for offering $100,000 to help restore the museum.

Bokova also said a team of international experts would arrive in Egypt by the end of the week to inspect the museum and advise on its restoration.

The UNESCO grant is a great initiative and will encourage other international authorities to help, Ibrahim added.

The museum was severely damaged in a terrorist attack targeting the nearby police headquarters on Friday.

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