CAIRO: Six people were arrested in possession of eight ancient Egyptian artifacts, reportedly excavated illegally from an archaeological site in Giza’s southern town of Etfeeh, Youm7 reported Thursday.
Tourism and Antiquities policemen raided the house of the suspects and seized five figurines and three colossal statues date back to several eras of the ancient Egyptian history.
The seizure came hours before the artifacts were prepared for sale. The authenticity of the artifact was confirmed by a committee of specialists.
Investigations carried out by policemen from the General Administration of Tourism and Antiquities Police revealed that the suspects were planning to sell the collection obtained through illicit digging activities.
Egypt’s political turmoil since the January 25 Revolution in 2011 and its consequent security lapse left the country’s cultural heritage vulnerable to looting.
During the past four years, Egypt has recovered more than 1,600 artifacts and is currently working on other cases in many European countries, head of the Repatriated Artifacts Department Aly Ahmed previously told The Cairo Post.