26 January 2014

Egypt: Unesco Grants U.S.$100,000 to Restore Islamic Art Museum

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) granted $100,000 to help restore the Islamic Art Museum and its contents, which have been badly damaged by a bomb explosion targeting the nearby Cairo Security Directorate on Friday, said Antiquities Minister Mohamed Ibrahim.

The move is just a step to launch an international fund-raising campaign for the museum's restoration project, initially estimated to cost EGP 100 million, Ibrahim said on Saturday 25/1/2014 while inspecting the museum.

The museum's construction condition is good but its eastern side was badly affected by the terror blast in addition to a number of monuments that are being listed, he said. UNESCO will send an expert technical mission this week to assess the museum's condition and estimate the size of losses, he added.

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