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Statuette Of King Tut's Sister Stolen In Museum Riot

Egypt has issued an international alert after a statue of King Tut's sister was reportedly stolen during a massive museum heist this past summer.

Statuette Of King Tut's Sister Stolen In Museum Riot
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Egypt has issued an international alert after a statue of King Tut's sister was reportedly stolen during a massive museum heist this past summer.

The priceless artifact, which was from the 14th century B.C., was stolen from the Malawi City Museum last August during a riot. And some suspect the statuette was a main target. (Via The Telegraph)

"The 3,500-year-old limestone figurine is believed to be among 1,000 items that were stolen in August. ... That piece was about to be transferred to a new museum, but experts believe that the riots were a cover-up to steal it." (Via WFTS)

Egypt has seen its fair share of destruction regarding museums and cultural artifacts because they belong to the government. Many of the country's residents are pushing for democracy and have targeted archaeological treasures over the past three years. (Via NBC)

"With no one guarding the ancient sites, thieves are plundering their treasures. ... The criminals sell to dealers in a global black market." ‚Äč(Via Channel 4)

ABC News reports police have been able to recover roughly half of what was stolen, and they recently called on UNESCO and Interpol to join the effort.