Egypt bans entry for those under 16 years of age to Giza pyramids

On Sunday, social media pages circulated a rumor about the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities that prevents children under the age of 18 from entering the Giza pyramids area.

The ministry has officially denied these claims. 

Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa al-Waziry, explained that the decision was related to banning the entry for those under 16 years of age to the Giza pyramids area on Fridays, Saturdays, and official holidays except for holders of identity cards or those accompanied by a guardian.

He added, in a telephone call to the “Al-Hekaya” program, presented by Amr Adib on MBC Masr on Sunday, that the decision will be implemented starting July.

Waziry pointed out that the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities will also provide tour guides and antiquities inspectors to explain historical facts about the Giza pyramids area to students in order to raise historical and archaeological awareness among young generations.

Several weeks ago, 13 teenagers sexually harassed female tourists at the Giza pyramids area, sparking anger among social media users who requested measures be taken against similar incidents.


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