Should we be worried about Egypt’s pyramids?

Published July 6th, 2015 - 10:12 GMT
The Sphinx, flanked by the pyramids of Menkaure and Khafre in Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo. (AFP/File)
The Sphinx, flanked by the pyramids of Menkaure and Khafre in Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo. (AFP/File)

With Daesh's recent attacks on Sinai, security concerns in Egypt have us wondering whether the extremist group's threats go beyond the peninsula. 

Egypt is full of ancient treasures worth protecting, the iconic Sphinx and pyramids in Cairo to name a few. Daesh (ISIS) has not only showed previous incidents of destruction on cultural heritage in Iraq and Syria, but it's explicitly expressed wanting to destroy objects of "idolization or worship." 

In the case of Palmyra, Daesh militants seemed to have no problem with the larger structures but destroyed statues that depicted models "infidels" used as subjects of prayer and worshipped as idols. 

A few Islamic leaders have also advocated for the monuments' destruction, according to Business Insider. “When Egypt comes under the auspices of the Khalifa (Caliphate), there will be no more Pyramids, no more Sphinx, no more idolatry. This will be just," British Muslim activist Anjem Choudary said. 

There have also been concerns over the holes in security apparent in Wednesday's coordinated Sinai attacks that killed 70; the car bomb stayed parked at the location reportedly for a full four hours before it was detonated. 

The ancient pyramids — built by polytheistic ancient Egypt — may have a problem if security fails to do its job, and Daesh's reach expands to the capital.

By Hayat Norimine


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