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Police have arrested two restorers of the new Egyptian Museum in Cairo for allegedly stealing old objects and replacing them with replicas, as reported by the Ministry of Antiquities.
The looting of cultural heritage in Egypt has increased since the events of the Arab Spring in 2011, which resulted in the removal of Hosni Mubarak from power.
The Egyptian National Museum was created in collaboration with UNESCO and is now open to the public. «Two restorers have been arrested when they replaced a pharaonic statue of the 4th dynasty of King Menkaure, discovered in the Temple of Karnak, and an Islamic lamp with false ones«, Explained the Minister of Antiquities, Mamdouh al-Damati, in a statement.
The arrests come after a police investigation into an Islamic object that was stolen from the museum warehouse and later appeared at auction in London.
The ministerial committee will carry out an inventory of the priceless objects in the collection that include relics from prehistoric times to the present time, the Minister's statement added.