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Egyptian Antiquities Minister Zahi Hawass: 'It Is a Miracle that More Was Not Stolen' – SPIEGEL ONLINE

Egyptian Antiquities Minister Zahi Hawass has been under pressure
since the plundering of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo and the fall of
Hosni Mubarak. He spoke with SPIEGEL ONLINE about the extent of the
damage, the accusations that he is too close to Mubarak and the
happiest day of his life.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: Minister Hawass, during the mass protests three weeks
ago, there was talk that the Egyptian Museum in Cairo had been broken
into. At first, you claimed that nothing had been stolen, but later
admitted that several items were missing. How great is the damage?

Hawass: When I went to the museum on the morning of Jan. 29, I found
out that they had opened the glass showcases. We were able to
ascertain that 30 showcases had been broken but only 20 of the 70
exhibits are in a bad condition and need restoration. Then we
investigated further and found several pieces to be missing, including
a part of a golden Tutankhamun statue. Some objects have been found in
the meantime, but eight are still missing.

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Egyptian Antiquities Minister Zahi Hawass: ‘It Is a Miracle that More Was Not Stolen’ – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International.

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