Israel to Return Stolen Ancient Sarcophagi to Egypt

A general view inside the first tomb to be discovered in the Valley of the Kings since King Tut's in 1922 on February 10, 2006 in Luxor Egypt.
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The Jerusalem Post reports: In a sign of improving relations with Egypt, Israel is set to return to Cairo stolen antiquities estimated to be almost 3,000 years old.

Beautiful ancient wooden coffin lids were smuggled from Egypt to Dubai, to London, and then ended up in a shop in the Old City in Jerusalem, Dr. Eitan Klein, deputy director of the antiquity theft-prevention unit at the Antiquities Authority, told the Jerusalem Post.

The Antiquities Authority is holding the two covers of ancient sarcophagi, which had previously contained Egyptian mummies. The covers were smuggled into Israel in 2012.

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