Egypt antiquities chief: 3 missing objects found

February 16, 2011 15:37

CAIRO — Three of 18 pieces reported missing from the famed Egyptian Museum after it was looted at the height of the country's political turmoil have been found, the country's chief archaeologist said Wednesday.

The 18-day popular uprising, which forced Hosni Mubarak to resign as president last week, has struck a blow to Egypt's tourism ministry, a key source of income.

However, Egyptian Antiquities Minister Zahi Hawass said the Egyptian Museum was the only major tourist site to suffer damage. Hawass said he hoped the museum could reopen Saturday, but has not checked with tourism or security authorities yet.

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