CAIRO: Egypt has denied reports claiming that some vendors break pieces of Giza Pyramids by hammers to be sold to tourists at $1,000 for every broken rock, Youm7 reported.
Facebook user Fatma Abed posted on Jan. 31 that her friend Mostafa Youssef saw “people sell tourists broken pieces of the Pyramids.” She added that “people break pieces of the Pyramids by using hammers in front of the tourists.”
“Such claims are baseless, as the Tourism and Antiquities Police personnel are deployed in the vicinity of the pyramids area,” said al-Hussein Abdel-Baseer, Haram Antiquities Area head told Youm7 Thursday.
He added that pat-down search is performed on all visitors, adding that no knives, hammers, or any other similar tools are allowed into the area.
Last week, a German man ascended the Great Pyramid of Giza without permission and recorded a video of the climb. The Egyptian authorities stated Wednesday that all concerned bodies have been notified to impose an entry ban to Egypt on the man, according to a Ministry of Antiquities statement.