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Egypt recovers ancient artefacts smuggled to US

Egypt's Minister of Antiquities, Mamdouh al-Damati (C), speaks to reporters near the Djoser step pyramid at the Saqqara necropolis some 20 kilometres south of Cairo on September 16, 2014Egypt said on Sunday it has recovered 123 ancient artefacts that had been smuggled outside the country and were later confiscated in New York. Egypt’s major archaeological sites were targeted for looting after the 2011 uprising that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak. The 123 artefacts to be returned were “illegally taken outside Egypt, and have been confiscated by the US customs authority in New York,” Antiquities Minister Mamdouh al-Damati said in a statement.

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