Customs thwarts smuggling of centuries-old documents to Saudi Arabia

Egyptian authorities on Wednesday thwarted an attempt to smuggle a collection of books, documents, and five manuscripts dating back between 100 and 300 years.

According to security sources, customs authorities in collaboration with the airport artifacts unit foiled the smuggling of the historical documents, which were to be exported to Saudi Arabia via an Egyptian company.
Customs officers discovered the documents when they opened a suspicious package during checks on exports to Riyadh.

After inspecting the contents of the parcel, archaeologists deemed them historical documents subject to the Law on Protection of Cultural Relics and that their circulation was illegal. Customs officials then confiscated the documents and plan to send them to the National Library and Archives.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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