- Middle East/North Africa
Two suspects were arrested for the illegal possession of 50 ancient Egyptian artefacts in Fayoum on Thursday.
The tourism and antiquities police received information that the two suspects, who are brothers, had been spotted in several areas in Fayoum that are famous for the antiquities trade. The police began to watch them closely, and then caught the suspects in an ambush.
The antiquities that were seized include 25 Greco-Roman coins and 10 statues, including busts of the gods Amon and Osiris and statues of the gods Horus and Anubis. Six Greco-Roman wooden masks of different sizes and colors were also seized.
The suspects confessed to the police that they intended to sell the artifacts. They are currently awaiting trial.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm