CAIRO: An attempt to smuggle 14 artifacts at Damietta port was foiled Wednesday, Youm7 reported.
The Criminal Investigation agency at Ports Security Authority announced it had stopped an attempt by an import-export firm to hide a number of suspected archeological artifacts inside a consignment of furniture and wood to be exported abroad.
A committee suggested the pieces belong to the Alawite dynasty.
Similar attempts to smuggle artifacts via airports have been foiled by customs authorities over the past months.
Hundreds of repatriated artifacts that were smuggled outside the country following the 2011 Revolution are currently displayed at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.