The United Nations appealed to Egypt today to protect its cultural heritage, the news agency Reuters reported.
“The appeal by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) came as protesters demanding the departure of President Hosni Mubarak mounted the biggest street demonstration since the uprising began a week ago,” Reuters said.
“I solemnly request that all necessary measures be taken to safeguard Egypt’s treasures, in Cairo, Luxor and in all the other cultural and historical sites around the country,” UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said in a statement, Reuters reported.
“The value of the 120,000 pieces in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo is inestimable, not only in scientific or financial terms, but because they represent the Egyptian people’s cultural identity … The proof: hundreds of citizens spontaneously formed a chain around the museum to protect it,” UNESCO’s statement added.
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