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Historic Islamic Art Museum “Completely Destroyed”

Historic Islamic Art Museum “Completely Destroyed”

Entrance of the Islamic Art Museum in Cairo, damaged by a large explosion
Entrance of the Islamic Art Museum in Cairo, damaged by a large explosion

Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities has announced that Cairo’s Islamic Art Museum has been “completely destroyed,” in a moment of anger and frustration.

The Minister’s statements came after a car bomb exploded outside the Museum and the Security Directorate, killing five and injuring more than 80. The explosion was one of three in Cairo today, with one killed at a Metro Station in Dokki.

While the extent of the damage is not yet clear, the Minister was earlier quoted as saying the damage is in the “tens of millions of dollars,” but vowed to restore the Museum and any antiquities that remain.

The Islamic Art Museum in Cairo houses one of the most extensive and important collections of Islamic art in the world. The Museum displays priceless Islamic art work from all periods of Islamic history, including one of the rarest copies of the Quran.

Until 2010, the Museum had been closed for renovations that lasted eight years. Upon reopening, it quickly became one of the world’s most important Islamic Museums. Below are photographs taken by Twitter user and archaeologist Monica Hanna (@monznomad).
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  • This is cultural genocide. Obamacare in action. It’s his Ikhwan – he needs to be arrested.

    • Tbone

      How the hell did you associate this with obamacare?? I just have no idea how you could possibly make that mental leap

      • wisdom

        what a moron, its obvious that all this case is faked up by the regime. Its so naive to think that some one in egypt has the power to apply such bombings in different parts in one day

    • Dogman

      Fool. WTF does this have to do with obamacare?

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    What else you will destroy in Egypt ,shame on you ,history is very precious , Michael from Sydney .Australia
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  • king Sulyman

    The Muslim brotherhood are no longer citizens of Egypt. They have divorced themselves from Egypt. They must now be round up like wild animals and caged, because if you do not tame a wild animal, it will come and bite you in the night when you least expect it.

    • sdf

      This stuff about “animals” makes you sound like a fascist. Humans are humans, no matter if you agree with them or not.

    • I have seen reports that the explosions were the work of a different group, not the MB, and that the MB has condemned the bombings. Are these reports true?

  • P R

    A very sad day for your country. And a loss for the world, as well.

  • Anonymous

    Barbarism at its best. What a pity.

  • Anonymous

    We, Egyptians, will build every thing up from scratch. This will kill them with rage.

    • Anonymous

      Once “Completely destroyed”, the historical items can’t be regrettably rebuilt.

  • الإرهاب أكثر ما يكره العلم، والتاريخ، والحضارة

  • Anonymous

    This is soooo terrble and when can al this stop!

  • Anonymous

    this is my favourite musuem. i was there just few weeks ago. it breaks my heart to hear it has been destroyed. i just cannot believe it.

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  • Anonymous

    Not a word on cnn

  • We will make them pay a heavy price, have no doubt, no terrorist will escape punishment !!

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