Minister to outline damage to Cairo's Islamic Museum

Nevine El-Aref , Sunday 26 Jan 2014

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

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)

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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