King Tutankhamun Statues Missing After Egypt Unrest

It has been reported that 18 artefacts, including statues of King Tutankhamunare missing from the Egyptian Museum.  It is thought intruders broke into the Museum and stole the artefacts.

The head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Dr Zahi Hawass, said the missing objects include 11 wooden shabti statuettes from Yuya, a gilded wooden statue of Tutankhamun carried by a goddess and a statue of Nefertiti making offerings.

It is believed the robbers used a fire escape to break in through the roof of the museum, looking for gold and jewels. After finding none, they smashed display cases and statues, and left with the missing statues and artifacts.

The police and army are following up the break in.

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Egypt, a country linking northeast Africa with the Middle East, dates to the time of the pharaohs. Millennia-old monuments sit along the fertile Nile River Valley, including Giza’s colossal Pyramids and Great Sphinx as well as Luxor’s hieroglyph-lined Karnak Temple and Valley of the Kings tombs.

The capital, Cairo, is home to Ottoman landmarks like Muhammad Ali Mosque and the Egyptian Museum, a trove of antiquities. 

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