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Egypt to create special police force to protect artifacts

Zahi Hawass announced yesterday that Egyptian authorities will be creating a special police force to protect archaeological sites and artifacts.

Egypt’s minister of antiquities says a special police force will be set up to protect archaeological sites and museums around the country, following a wave of vandalism and looting.

Zahi Hawass told reporters Tuesday that authorities have been unable to protect antiquities because police personnel guarding the ancient sites were not armed.

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  1. This is great news – I remember visiting the pyramids of Giza and being surprised at seeing both tourists and locals climbing on them. One nearby guard yelled at an Egyptian man to stop scrambling up the side of the pyramid, but the guy called back in Arabic that he was only going up there to get a photo (at which point the guard seemed pacified and left him alone).

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