Egypt reveals details of skeletons found inside sarcophagus

The skeletons in the black granite sarcophagus uncovered in July in the Sidi Gaber district of Alexandria. (Egyptian Antiquities Ministry/AFP)
Updated 19 August 2018
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Egypt reveals details of skeletons found inside sarcophagus

  • The remains were initially thought to be those of three warriors
  • They were found in a sewage-filled black granite sarcophagus

CAIRO: Egypt says researchers have determined the gender and age of the three skeletons found inside a black granite sarcophagus uncovered in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria in July.
Nadia Kheider, of the Antiquities Ministry, says Sunday the skeletons belong to a woman in her early 20s, a man in his late 30s and a man in his early 40s.
Chief researcher Zeinab Hasheesh says one of the skulls has a cavity indicating a “surgical intervention.” Mostafa Waziri, head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, says researchers found gold inside some of the bones.
The 2,000-year-old sarcophagus, which was filled with red fluid, created a stir on social media. The ministry says the red fluid was sewage water.


Palestinian killed by Israeli fire in border clashes: Gaza ministry

Updated 24 September 2018
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Palestinian killed by Israeli fire in border clashes: Gaza ministry

GAZA CITY: Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian in fresh clashes on the Gaza border Sunday, the health ministry in the Hamas-run enclave said.
Imad Ishtawi, 21, was shot in the head, the ministry said, as Palestinians again gathered along the border east of Gaza City late Sunday in the latest in months of often violent demonstrations.
The strip’s rulers Hamas had been rumored to be seeking a lasting truce with Israel but the indirect talks have seemingly stalled, with protests subsequently increasing in number.
In recent weeks the demonstrations, which typically involve burning tires and throwing stones, have also taken place at night, though with far smaller numbers than the regular Friday daytime gatherings.
At least 186 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since the protests began on March 30.
One Israeli soldier was killed by a Palestinian sniper.
Israel has maintained a crippling blockade of Gaza for more than a decade it says is necessary to isolate Hamas.