The General Supervisor of the General Department of Antiquities Shaaban Abdel-Gawad said that Egypt retrieved 1000 stolen artifacts in the past 3 years.
He added that these efforts were exerted amid previous Antiquities Laws which allowed antiquities trade.
Abdel-Gawad pointed out that members at the General Department of Antiquities are working around the clock to follow all auctions exist on the international information network.
One of these auctions was the latest one hosted by USA to sell about 91 different artifacts, 17 of them were suspected to be belonging to the Egyptian civilization.
“The artifacts displayed in the American auction were compared with the ones in the list of missing artifacts and they turned out to be different,” he clarified.
The supervisor added that if any of these artifacts is confirmed to be stolen from Egypt, immediate legal actions will be taken to stop any global auction and get the antiquities back.
It’s remarkable that process of retrieving stolen Egyptian artifacts is taking place with the cooperation of the cultural sector at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other relevant authorities.
Translated by: Salma Yassin