Fire scorches ancient temple gate

The Gate of Ramsis IX of the Ramesside Temple of Ra in Arab Al-Hisn in Ancient Heliopolis, Cairo was set ablaze in the early hours of Wednesday.

Parts of the ancient temples that are close to disappear under debris
(Photo by Monica Hanna)

Archaeologist Monica Hanna said as a result of the fire, “the inscriptions are in very bad condition.” She believes that “thugs” are behind the fire, ones who wish to seize the land on which the ancient temple lies, calling this part of a “systematic campaign.”

Spokesperson inside the Supreme Council for Antiquities Hassan Saad-Allah said there is no confirmed information at this point, adding that the extent of the damage of the fire or whether it was inside or outside the ancient area are yet to be known.

A source inside the Supreme Council for Antiquities said the council has ordered the formation of a committee to look into the extent of the damage caused by the fire. The council could not give any further information until the committee reaches its findings.

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