Egyptian Museum at Risk of Looting, Collapse

Posted on January 29, 2011


Soldiers have entered the Egyptian Museum as looting spreads in Egypt’s capital city of Cairo. The National Democratic Party (NDP), located near the Museum, has already been looted, and gangs have been looting banks, supermarkets, shopping malls, and shops. While nothing has been looted from the Museum so far, objects lay toppled on the ground, and anti-government protests continue in defiance of a curfew. The Egyptian Museum is home to the King Tutankhamun death mask (pictured), which Zahi Hawass reports as safe.  Even if looters are kept at bay, however, the Museum is potentially at risk if the neighboring building gutted by fire collapses.

Read the full story here: Looting spreads in Egyptian cities.