Egypt moves to stop Israel selling ancient artifacts

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The minister of state for Egyptian Antiquities, Mohammad Ibrahim, said on Saturday that he has asked the Egyptian foreign ministry to stop the sale of 126 Egyptian artifacts in an Israeli online auction hall.

“Through the periodic disclosure on websites to follow the Egyptian artifacts on display sites, over 110 pieces were exposed,” Ali Ahmad, an official at the ministry, told AFP.

Ahmed explained that the two showrooms are in the city of Jerusalem, adding that “all the pieces on display date back to the Pharaonic era.”

Ibrahim also asked the tourism and antiques police and Interpol to “follow up with the responsible authorities in Jerusalem and to ask the Israeli authorities to conduct background checks on the proof of ownership and explain how it left Egypt as a prelude to reclaim,” reported AFP.

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