CAIRO: A total of 201 archaeological books were seized at Cairo Airport before being sent in a 60-ton book shipment to Saudi Arabia, Youm7 reported Wednesday.
Customs authorities suspected the content of 1,710 envelops of books heading to the Kingdom, and hence inspected them. A technical committee assigned to examine some 201 books stated that they are historic works that date back to 13th century AH and that their possession is prohibited.
A police report of customs evasion was filed and the books were confiscated.
Customs officials at airports have repeatedly stopped several attempts to smuggle drugs, money, artifacts and spying devices on board of flights, where many Egyptian and foreign passengers were busted accordingly.
Earlier this month, an attempt to smuggle 148 antique coins was foiled by the authorities at Luxor International Airport.
In January, Cairo airport authorities seized a small remote controller drone with HD camera reportedly used in spying purposes.
Additional reporting by Mahmoud Abdel Ghany.