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August 19 2013

Egypt's antiquities minister receives threats on Al-Bahnasa archaeological site


On Sunday, the military and police sent additional security forces to archaeological sites and galleries in the Upper Egypt city of Minya to help guards of the Ministry of State for Antiquities (MSA) protect the city’s heritage.

The additional security personnel travelled to Minya at the request of Minister of State for Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim, who received a letter from an unknown person threatening to set fire to Al-Bahnasa archaeological galleries and to loot its treasured artefacts.

The galleries house a large collection of ancient Egyptian objects that were discovered in Al-Bahnasa archaeological sites and Amarna.

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