Egypt denies breaking, selling pieces of Giza Pyramids to tourists
Tourists ride camels at the historical site of the Giza Pyramids in Giza, near Cairo, Egypt. Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says it’s still his belief the great pyramids Egypt were built by the Biblical figure Joseph to store grain, and not as tombs for pharaohs. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

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.

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  1. Me
    February 5, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Altough I don’t know if the claims of some Egyptians breaking stones and selling them is true, anyone who has been to the pyramids knows that what the authorities say is just a plain lie:

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