Jan 31, 2011

Looters pillage Egyptian antiquities warehouses searching for gold

Looters have pillaged a number of warehouses containing ancient Egyptian artifacts, stealing and damaging some of them looking for gold and other treasures.

On Friday, looters broke into the Cairo museum, home to the world's greatest collection of Pharaonic treasures, smashing several statues and damaging two mummies, while police battled anti-government protesters on the streets.
The culture, monuments, temples and pyramids of ancient Egypt have left a lasting legacy on the world and are a major draw for the country's tourism industry.