Egypt sphinxes moved to Tahrir Square

Egypt sphinxes moved to Tahrir Square
Cars drive in the Egyptian capital Cairo's Tahrir square, shortly before the first day of a two-weeks night-time curfew imposed by the authorities to contain the spread of the novel coronaviru began on March 25, 2020. (File/AFP)
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Updated 02 May 2020

Egypt sphinxes moved to Tahrir Square

Egypt sphinxes moved to Tahrir Square
  • The four ram-headed sphinxes will be placed in wooden boxes until the opening of the Tahrir square development project

DUBAI: Egypt’s four ram-headed sphinxes have been placed in central Cairo’s Tahrir Square after restoration work, local daily Egypt Today reported citing Egypt's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.
The four ram-headed sphinxes will be placed in wooden boxes until the opening of the Tahrir square development project, which is one of Egypt’s plans to showcase the country’s civilization.
The project was financed by the Ministry of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Communities, in coordination with Cairo Governorate, and the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.
Egypt’s Arab Contractors company transported the sphinxes under the supervision of a team of restorers and archaeologists from the Supreme Council of Antiquities.


Iranian missiles land close to ship, 100 miles from US aircraft carrier strike group in Indian Ocean

Iranian missiles land close to ship, 100 miles from US aircraft carrier strike group in Indian Ocean
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Iranian missiles land close to ship, 100 miles from US aircraft carrier strike group in Indian Ocean

Iranian missiles land close to ship, 100 miles from US aircraft carrier strike group in Indian Ocean
  • At least two other Iranian ballistic missiles exploded on impact when they hit the ocean
  • Nimitz has remained in the northern Arabian Sea on the orders of outgoing President Donald Trump

LONDON: Long-range Iranian missiles rained down dangerously close to a commercial ship in the Indian Ocean on Saturday and 100 miles from the US Nimitz aircraft carrier strike group, Fox News reported. 

US officials, who wished to remain anonymous, said that at least one of the missiles landed 20 miles from the commercial vessel.

At least two other Iranian ballistic missiles exploded on impact when they hit the ocean, about 100 miles away from the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier strike group.

Shards of debris flew in all directions on impact, the US news channel said. 

"We were expecting the missile launch," an official told Fox News, but there was concern about just how close Iran was willing to push its limits. 

Nimitz has remained in the northern Arabian Sea on the orders of outgoing President Donald Trump.

The Pentagon changed its mind and ordered the Nimitz to turn around and remain in the region earlier this month after it left the Arabian Gulf and was due to return home.

“Due to the recent threats issued by Iranian leaders against President Trump and other US government officials, I have ordered the USS Nimitz to halt its routine redeployment,” Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller said on January 3. 

“The USS Nimitz will now remain on station in the US Central Command area of operations.”

January 3 marked the one-year anniversary of the assassination of Qasem Soleimani, the head of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

The Islamic Republic has vowed to avenge the general’s death.