Monday, October 30, 2023

Egypt Refuses to Allow Artifacts to Leave for Scanning in Israel


Egypt Denies Reports of Pharaonic Artifacts Being Transferred to Israel for CT Scanning

Recent news reports claiming that Pharaonic artifacts from an Egyptian museum were transferred to Israel for CT scanning have been rejected by Egypt. Moamen Othman, head of the museums section at Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, confirmed that no artifacts had left Egypt for examination or study. He denied recent claims on social media about the transfer of pharaonic coffin covers from an Egyptian museum to Israel for a CT scan in a hospital. The reports were completely untrue, he said, adding that no artifacts had left Egypt. The Egyptian official appealed to the media and social media users to investigate accuracy and objectivity before publishing such information. Othman called for better communication with the concerned authorities to verify reports before publication. Israeli media websites had earlier claimed that “coffin covers that are thousands of years old were transferred from the Israel Museum in Jerusalem for a CT scan at a medical center in a complex operation that took several months to organize.” However, these reports have been denied by Egypt.

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