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1,500 looted artifacts recovered by Egyptian police

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Police in Egypt have recovered than 1,500 ancient artifacts from a house in Cairo.

The antiquities seized during a raid on a house in Zawiyat Abu Musallem, a Cairo suburb, on Monday included ancient statues, amulets and limestone false doors of the type commonly built in ancient Egyptian tombs as a threshold to the afterlife.

Turmoil in Egypt since the downfall of Hosni Mubarak in 2011 has allowed for increased antiquities theft and illegal digging: in August, thieves broke into a museum in southern Egypt, making off with more than 1,000 artefacts.

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Story: Reuters | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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