Antiquities Minister: Egyptian Museum is safe, open for visitors

The Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square is open for visitors on Saturday as usual, said Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim.

He added that the museum has not and will never close its doors. “[The Egyptian Museum] did not close its doors even during the darkest circumstances that the country has suffered,” he said, counting on its safety “as long as the Egyptians protect it.”

“There is no risk for the Museum from current events at Tahrir, especially with the doubling of the number of security [members] inside and outside it, in coordination with the Tourist and Antiquities Police,” he said.

He assured the public that there was no damage to the museum’s interior or exterior after Friday’s events. He explained that the burning of two buses next to the museum in Abdel Moneim Riyad Square caused museum fire alarms to go off.

He also said that leading officials from the ministry would be present in the museum all day.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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