Egypt Makes Inventory of 20,000 Antiquities Returned by Israel
Egypt has finished an inventory of 20,000 antiquities returned by Israel and will soon put them on display, an official who works with Sinai artifacts said Saturday.
The 20,000 items, dating from the Pharoanic, Greco-Roman and Islamic eras, were seized by Israel during its 1967-82 occupation of the Sinai, the official said.
The antiquities were returned between 1994 and 1996 after 10 years of negotiations between the Egyptian and Israeli governments.
Thirty Egyptian experts have worked since June to catalog the items, which have until now been kept in storage in the Cairo National Museum.
They will be on display starting in January at the new museum in El-Arish, in the northern Sinai -- ISMAILIA, Egypt (AFP)
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