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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:17 am    Post subject: Egypt's archaeological sites and museums closed indefinitely Reply with quote

Ahram Online (Nevine El-Aref , Wednesday 14 Aug 2013) :

Egypt's archaeological sites and museums closed indefinitely

"Following violence across the country as security forces move to break up pro-Morsi sit-ins, minister announces archaeological sites and museums closed.

Egypt's Ministry of State for Antiquities (MSA) has closed all archaeological sites and museums across Egypt, as well as the ministry’s administrative premises.

The decision came in response to violence in Egypt following police attempts to break up Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins at Rabaa Al-Adawiya in Nasr City and Al-Nahda Square in Giza.

Minister of State for Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim established an emergency operation room to follow up on security measures taken at archaeological sites and museums across the country, in order to protect them from looting or encroachment.

During clashes, pro-Morsi protesters destroyed guard kiosks at the entrance to the National Museum of Alexandria, and at the Malawi National Museum in the Upper Egypt city of El-Minya.

Ibrahim told Ahram Online that both museums are safe, however. "Thank God, nothing happened to the museums themselves," he said."

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All archaeological sites and museums, with the exception of the totally looted museum in Mallawi, are open again. The regular opening times, however, were reduced by 2 hours (probably because of the curfew in force?).

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The current situation in Egypt has escalated, I do wish, they would keep all the museum and archeological sites closed, until the situation in Egypt, is much safer.

I really devastated about Mallawi, all that is lost, is very much so unfortunate. hmmm =/
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 1:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is the official Super Council of Antiquities' statement about the looting of the Mallawi Museum in the el-Minya governate:

A report to the UNESCO and ICOM about Mallawi Museum

The Minister of State for Antiquities Affaires, Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim stated that the ministry is preparing a detailed report with photos on the current situation of Mallawi Museum - al Menya governorate - after the late extremist attacks committed by some extremist groups. The attack left the museum in a state of complete destruction after stealing almost all of the unique antiquities housed by the musum, in addition to destructing and burning other artifacts. The report will be sent to Egypt's Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, Dr. Mohammed Sameh in order to make the necessary connections with the Cultural Sector of the Organization and to the experts concerned with the UNESCO 1970 agreement about attacking, stealing and smuggling the cultural properties in order to explain to the whole world what this groups have committed to the Egyptian Antiquities and to numerous religious and historical places within different governorates.

Dr. Ibrahim adds that another report documented with photos of the stolen artifacts will be sent to the International Council of Museums (ICOM) to be put on the red list as soon as possible, explaining that this list aims at helping customs officials and police officers to identify the Egyptian stolen artifacts that are protected by the national legislations. This process also encourages the museums, auction houses, traders and antiquities collectors not to try to awn any of the published artifacts.

The Antiquities Minister also pointed out that the Interpol and custom officers will be informed with this list to publish its data in the international auctions, museums and exhibitions in order to prohibit dealing with the Egyptian artifacts.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 5:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

neseret wrote:
Here is the official Super Council of Antiquities' statement about the looting of the Mallawi Museum in the el-Minya governate: ...

See on this sad topic also : Egyptian Dreams Forum ---> Miscellaneous ---> Museum in Mallawi, near Minia / Tel el Amarna, looted.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 4:48 am    Post subject: Egypt travel advice by gov.uk Reply with quote

Now,tourists are strongly advised to follow the advice of the local authorities and avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings.Although security is tight throughout the country, especially in resort areas, there remains a high risk of attacks which could be indiscriminate, including in public places frequented by foreigners.
read more http://goo.gl/DDLCEC
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 6:08 pm    Post subject: Re: Egypt travel advice by gov.uk Reply with quote

angella wrote:
Now,tourists are strongly advised to follow the advice of the local authorities and avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings.Although security is tight throughout the country, especially in resort areas, there remains a high risk of attacks which could be indiscriminate, including in public places frequented by foreigners.
read more http://goo.gl/DDLCEC


According to the Foreign Commonwealth Office and the US State Department, if you are in Egypt, you should avoid certain "hotspots" and tend to keep to the resort areas, which are relatively calm.

Sadly, one of the "hotspots" includes Luxor, and should you wish to go anywhere but a resort in Egypt, you would have to fly into Luxor to access your location. However, most of these warnings are people already in Egypt.

As of today (23 Aug 2013) several large demonstrations are planed throughout the country, which is probably why you see the warning as it is, and updated only yesterday.

It should be understood as well as the entire country is under a State of Emergency, which should last at the very least until the end of this month. Now would not be the time to travel to Egypt if you are outside the country, as the FCO states:

Further demonstrations are likely and could take place in any part of the country. Army and security forces have been deployed in anticipation of further protests and rallies in the coming days. Train services across Egypt are suspended.

A curfew was declared on 14 August between 7pm and 6am local time. This is expected to continue for several weeks. The governorates affected by this are Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, South Sinai (except for Sharm el Sheikh, Taba and Dahab) North Sinai, Suez, Behera, Minya, Assiut, Souhag, Beni Suef, Ismailia, Qena and Fayoum. A national state of emergency has been declared for Egypt for a period of 1 month.


So, no travel before September 15, when the State of Emergency may be lifted, but most likely this warning will be extended.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

it is certainly a mess over there. We we're supposed to travel next month. Seems we'll have to postpone
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rubenhorus wrote:
it is certainly a mess over there. We we're supposed to travel next month. Seems we'll have to postpone


See if your travel agent can provide you with alternate dates or alternate locations (Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada are still open, and no travel warnings include those locations).

While I think Luxor is probably all right, they are presently cited as a "hotspot" and travel to Luxor is not presently advised. Crying or Very sad
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