Sunday, March 15, 2009

Nine paintings stolen from northern Cairo museum

The Earth Times

Nine paintings were stolen from Mohammed Ali Pasha's palace, a museum that lies on the Nile banks in northern Cairo, the Egyptian Ministry of Culture said on Tuesday. "Officials at the palace say the paintings were last seen Monday afternoon just before the palace was closed," Egypt's Minister of Culture Farouq Hosni said when he went to inspect the crime scene on Tuesday along with head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), Zahi Hawas.

Hosni expressed his sorrow and deep concern at the theft, which had happened at a time when "Egypt is implementing several projects to restore its museums and protect its legacy."

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