Egypt Recovers Pharaonic Artifacts Looted in 2011 Uprising

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Demonstrators protest in front of the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, April 26, 2014.Credit: AP

Egypt has recovered 10 ancient artifacts looted in 2011 during the uprising that took down former President Hosni Mubarak.

The Egyptian Museum near Cairo's Tahrir Square was looted on January 28, a few days after the uprising began. Some 54 pieces went missing from the museum during the unrest, 35 of which have been recovered, according to AFP.

Among the pharaonic artifacts that were recovered was a wooden Tutankhamun statue and two statues of Queen Nefertiti's children, antiquities minister Mohamed Ibrahim said on Tuesday.

One of the missing pieces was found in Belgium, while eight others were recovered in the United States, according to the MENA state news agency.

The head of the ministry's museum department Ahmed Sharaf said to Ahram Online that the pieces are in poor condition and need restoration. 

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