Losses from blast are a ‘national disaster’: Head of Museum of Islamic Art
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By SAMIR HOSNY

CAIRO: Mohamed el-Kahlawy, head of the Museum of Islamic Art board, said on Saturday that the Cairo Security Directorate blast near the museum is a “national disaster” in which 110,000 unique antiques were threatened.

He told the CBC channel that he presented a project to the antiquities minister 11 months ago to protect the museum with sand barriers, but the minister rejected it due to a lack of funding. Kahlawy said the thefts at the Malwa Museum, which contains 1,200 pieces, should have been a warning bell.

The Minister of Antiquities has called for the protection of rare antiques from theft.

Originally published in Youm7.

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