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Egyptian museums secured by heavy weapons & four-wheel drive cars

Saturday 11-02 - 06:03 PM
Aly Hosney
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Cairo - Major General ‘Ashraf Ezz Al-Arab’, Tourism and Antiquities Police Manager affirmed that latest attempt to break into Louvre Museum was an unsuccessful one thanks to its strong security procedures.
He added that Egyptian Museums are extremely secured and inspectors from the general security conduct camouflage and break-into processes to test the strength of their security and to raise the efficiency of the security individual. Police women try to get stealthily into museums carrying prohibited tools inside their handbags to know whether the police force will detect them or no. The sensitivity of security apparatuses have been raised extraordinarily.

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The tourism police investigation manager added that Egypt has 63 museums.  Out of those museums, 34 museums are either antiquarian or cultural in Cairo and Giza, 22 museums are either antiquarian or cultural ones in the remaining governorates.

There are three museums under construction, they are: the National Civilization Museum in Al-Fostat area, The Grand Egyptian Museum in Al-Remaya area near the Pyramids; and the Alotony museum in Minya, which will house the monuments of the middle zone “Minya, Fayom and Beni Suef”.
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He added that it was decided that the inauguration of the Grand Egyptian Museum will be in mid- 2018. It will have big tourist restaurants, a cinema and residences. It will be a full antiquarian city. The security degree in this museum specifically will have been raised and it will have been provided with surveillance cameras of high quality outside the museum but in the vicinity of the museum, those cameras will work with the night imaging system.
Those cameras are as similar to the cameras of the Coptic and Islam Museums. Highly sensitive cables are developed to give an alarm in the event of leaving any strange object in the vicinity of the museum. There are also detectors for explosives and metals. There is also modern X-ray system. There are four wheel drive armored vehicles and beach buggies for armed individuals to control the surroundings of pyramid archaeological area mountainous region adjacent to the Pyramids, and to prevent any penetration attempts. It is completely not allowed to enter the museums or antiquarian areas with white weapons or even licensed guns.

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