Egyptian Museum Fire Causes Havoc But Does No Damage

On the Giza Plateau in Giza, Egypt, the Sphinx and Great Pyramids are illuminated during the nightly performance of the Sound and Light Show on June 23, 2010. UPI/Joe Marino

The Egyptian Museum fire, Egyptian officials have said, did not damage any artifacts.

During the riots in Cairo yesterday, protestors began throwing petrol bombs at a museum in Tahrir Square. The protestors throwing the malatov cocktails, according to an Egyptologist in the area, were being thrown by supporters for the President Hosni Mubarak.

Looters had broken into the museum last Friday, damaging two mummies and smashing several vases, causing general havoc in the institution. After the fire bombs in Tahrir, museum officials were on guard for looters.

However, the Egyptian army persons stationed in the square quickly put the fires out, in a reported effort to keep them from damaging any army property. The soldiers stationed in Tahrir Square had been positioned after film director Khaled Youssef asked on a national television station, Al Arabiya, for the army to protect the museum. He said, I am calling on the Egyptian army to head instantly to the Egyptian museum. There is a fire right next to it in the (ruling) Party headquarters,

Reuters states that the Egyptologist in question, who asked to remain unidentified in the report, said, we don't know what's going to happen, because the Mubarak supporters are out of control,

No lasting harm was done, Reuters reports said, to the prominent museum. Officials were so wary of any damage done to it because the museum in question holds many important Egyptian artifacts, including the contents of the tomb of the boy-king Tutankhamen.


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