Egypt seeks Israeli help in retrieving ancient artifacts
Egyptian minister calls on Israel to help stop Jerusalem auction of 126 objects, including clay vessels, vases and burial figures.
Egypt's Antiquities Ministry is trying to retrieve ancient Egyptian artifacts currently on sale in two auction houses in Jerusalem, state-run Al-Ahram daily reported on Sunday.
Apart from urging Egypt's Foreign Ministry to secure Israeli help in stopping the sale, Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim turned to Interpol and asked for an investigation to be opened.
The ministry also called on Israel to examine whether the artifacts were obtained legally and requested that objects be returned at once.
According to the report, among the 126 artifacts that are on the auction block by two auction houses in Jerusalem are clay vessels, vases, Ushtabi burial figures and stelae.
An Egyptian ministry official explained that objects were found through a routine online review of international auction halls.