CAIRO: The Ministry of Antiquities removed all debris and dirt that was covering historical monuments in the Mattariah neighborhood Tuesday, they announced in a statement Wednesday.
“The residents tried to cover the monuments with large quantities of dirt to hide it from sight in order to use the site for housing and other commercial objectives,” the ministry explained in their statement.
The process of removing the debris was secured by the police forces tourism and antiquities sector, according to Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim. Officials released orders to remove the dirt and assigned guards to ban the incident from happening again.
He gave orders to start looking for more monuments in the area to reveal more information about the monuments’ history.
The ministry also announced that it will start a project to improve the Massala area to include in a travel map as soon as possible.
The land is under the ministry’s supervision and is owned by the Egyptian Endowments Authority, according to Head of Central Administration of Antiquities in Cairo Youssef Khalifa.
The ministry announced on March 24 that it started removing the debris and dirt in Abdy Beik historical mosque in the Old Cairo region.
The violators were trying to a build house inside the historical area but the decision for the removal of debris and taking legal actions against them was made on the same day as the ministerial meeting.
In coordination with the Cairo governorate, the ministry removed unlicensed buildings and workshops from Sultan Hassan Street on April 10.
The minister stressed that the ministry will not tolerate any violations across Egypt.
General Department of Historic Cairo recently launched a campaign to clean the monuments and their surroundings in an initiative with Resala Charity Organization environmental department, they anounced on their Facebook page Monday.
Save Cairo initiative headed to Attorney General to start investigations on violations against historical monuments in Cairo, they stated Monday.