| Destruction and Theft of Cultural Heritage in Egypt
22 August. ICCROM is greatly concerned by the destruction and looting of cultural heritage in Egypt. It deplores intentional acts of violence towards the identity of the Egyptian people and the memory which belongs to this country and to all of humankind.
ICCROM can provide assistance in disseminating information and knowledge in order to prevent such events in the future and/or recover damaged heritage, in close coordination with UNESCO and other international and regional organizations, and Egyptian colleagues.
Looting of Mallawi Antiquities Museum
On the afternoon of 14 August 2013, the Mallawi Antiquities Museum was attacked. Almost all of the collection was looted, while other objects that were too heavy to transport were vandalized. Some areas of the museum were also burned.
Museum employees have been working with the Tourism and Antiquities Police Department to secure, store and transfer other objects for safekeeping.
According to the Egyptian Heritage Rescue Team, museum workers and the Tourism and Antiquities Police Department, all but 48 objects were stolen. So far they have been able to recover five.
The Tourism and Antiquities Police Department via the Egyptian Heritage Rescue Team is distributing photographs of the looted objects (please see links below).
ICCROM appeals all our colleagues to condemn these acts and to ensure the best possible protection of Egyptian cultural heritage.
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23 August, 2013