Treasure-trove crypt discovered in Saqqara

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handout picture released by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities on September 6, 2020, shows Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri (C) inspectiong one of thirteen 2500 year-old wooden coffins discovered in a burial shaft at the desert necropolis of Saqqara south of the capital. (AFP)
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A handout picture released by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities on September 6, 2020, shows a statue discovered along with thirteen 2500 year-old wooden coffins in a burial shaft at the desert necropolis of Saqqara south of the capital. (AFP)
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A handout picture released by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities on September 6, 2020, shows one of thirteen 2500 year-old wooden coffins discovered in a burial shaft at the desert necropolis of Saqqara south of the capital. (AFP)
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Updated 15 September 2020

Treasure-trove crypt discovered in Saqqara

  • The coffins are said to be 2,500 years old

CAIRO: Egyptian Egyptologist Zahi Hawass has announced the discovery of a coffin-filled crypt 14 meters underground at the foot of the stepped Saqqara pyramid.

“It contains a treasure trove of antiquities that will amaze the world,” he said. “Seventy percent of Egypt’s antiquities are still underground.”

The coffins are said to be 2,500 years old.


Lebanon suffers another record in COVID-19 cases

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Lebanon suffers another record in COVID-19 cases

  • The new cases registered by the Health Ministry bring the overall number of confirmed cases in Lebanon to 29,303
  • It was the third consecutive record-breaking day of confirmed virus cases

BEIRUT: Lebanon registered a record 1,006 cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, the government announced Sunday, amid a sharp increase in infections and deaths due to the new coronavirus.
Health Minister Hamad Hassan recommended a total lockdown for two weeks to stem the alarming rise in daily detected infections, but authorities will find it difficult difficult to impose another lockdown amid an unprecedented economic collapse.
The new cases registered by the Health Ministry bring the overall number of confirmed cases in Lebanon to 29,303, while deaths have reached 297 since the first case was reported in the country in late February.
It was the third consecutive record-breaking day of confirmed virus cases.
The rise began after a lockdown was eased and the country’s only international airport was reopened in early July. The surge continued after the massive Aug. 4 explosion in Beirut’s port that killed 193 people, injured at least 6,500 and devastated much of the city.
The blast also overwhelmed Beirut’s hospitals and badly damaged two that had a key role in handling virus cases.