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Egypt recovers 90 stolen antiquities from Israel
Collection of looted ancient Egyptian artefacts recovered from auction house in Jerusalem
Nevine El-Aref , Sunday 10 Nov 2013
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Israel has returned a collection of stolen antiquities to Egypt after they were found on sale at an auction hall in Jerusalem.

The antiquities ministry said the collection contains 90 ancient Egyptian artefacts, including clay vessels, vases, ushabti figurines and stelae.

Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim told Ahram Online on Saturday the auction hall was exhibiting 110 artefacts but only 90 were recovered by the Israeli authorities. The remaining 20 were sold.

The minister said Egypt had asked the Israeli authorities to take legal procedures against the auctioneers and to trace the sold objects. They are willing to do this, he added.

Ali Ahmed, director-general of the Repatriation of Antiquities Department at the ministry, said the objects were first noticed during a routine internet search of international auction halls.

The recovery process began in September when Ibrahim sent an urgent letter to the foreign ministry asking them to act in collaboration with the Egyptian embassy in Jerusalem to stop the sale of 110 artefacts at the Eweda auction hall in Jerusalem.

Israeli authorities discovered the objects were stolen and had been illegally smuggled out of Egypt when the owner of the auction hall was unable to prove his ownership of the objects.





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FriendofEgyptandalsoIsrael
14-11-2013 06:07pm
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This is good news all the way around.
This is good news all the way around. It shows the mutual respect and cooperation, and agreement of both governments on a very sensitive subject. Looted antiquities SHOULD be recovered and returned, no matter where they came from. I'm also glad that the Israeli authorities intend to trace the 20 items which were already sold. I hope to visit again soon.
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Dick Lee
13-11-2013 03:40pm
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Corruptional official in China.
Zhang Hongyi, the former director of water Buearau of Huajia County ,Henan Province,Chinal This guy is very bad.He sells Chinese Watery Law and get moneies.
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