Egypt recovers two artifacts from Israel

Antiquities officials recovered two wooden artifacts from Israel that had been plucked out two ancient caskets dating to the Modern Kingdom. The pieces were found at a bazaar in Jerusalem.

Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim told Al-Masry Al-Youm that a task force formed by his ministry and the Foreign Ministry negotiated with the Israeli side through the Egyptian embassy in Tel Aviv for over a year. He said the process asserted Egypt’s right to the items which, he said, had been illegally smuggled out of the country.

Osama al-Nahas, general director for the retrieved antiquities department, said both pieces were discovered during a routine inspection by Israeli authorities in September. He said inspectors noticed that both bore signs of cutting with a chainsaw. Nahas explained that the bazar owner told inspectors that he had bought the items from a merchant in Dubai before he legally transferred them to Israel via London.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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