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Egyptian Museum untouched by Tahrir clashes, says minister

Minister of Antiquities tells Ahram Online that the country's precious antiquities collection was never under threat during Friday's violence

Nevine El-Aref , Friday 12 Oct 2012
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Minister of State for Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim has said that the Egyptian Museum is safe and sound, and has not been affected by clashes that took place between Muslim Brotherhood and anti-Morsi protesters in Tahrir Square.

He pointed out the the smoke seen near the Egyptian museum was from the burning of two cars at Abdel-Moneim Riad Square, which set off the security sensors of the museum and the alarm bells rang automatically.

In a telephone call, Ibrahim told Ahram Online that the Egyptian Museum was secure both inside and out.

Archaeologists and top antiquities officials are now inside the museum to monitor the situation

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