Belgium repatriates Middle Kingdom statue to Egypt
Repatriated belgian statue

CAIRO: The Egyptian Embassy in Brussels has received an archaeological statue dating from Egypt’s Middle Kingdom, the Ministry of Antiquities announced on its Facebook page Tuesday.

The statue depicts a man and a woman, and is engraved with hieroglyphics.

Repatriated belgian statue

Repatriated belgian statue


Minister Mamdouh Damaty said that the statue is being prepared for repatriation to Egypt, and had been smuggled out of the country illegally.

In February, the Egyptian embassy in Berlin also received a statue that was repatriated.

Egypt’s ancient sites have been targeted for thousands of years but the upheavals and the security lapse following the 2011 revolution have helped looters and tomb robbers target museums and several archaeological sites for treasures to sell on the black market.

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