Jun 21, 10:05 AM EDT

Two ancient Egyptian sarcophagus covers have been delivered to Cairo's Egyptian Museum after they surfaced at an auction in Israel


Latest News
4,300-year-old pyramid discovered in Egypt
Women join fight against female circumcision
Cheap electronics threaten Egyptian repairmen
Egypt has received the first of two French-made, Mistral-class helicopter carriers it purchased from France in an effort to boost its navy

Human Rights Watch is calling on Egypt's government to release from detention four members of a street satirical group who posed video clips on social media that mocked President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and called on him to step down

An Egyptian court has struck down an agreement to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, delivering a rare rebuke to President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's government over a decision that sparked the biggest street protests of his two-year rule

Two ancient Egyptian sarcophagus covers have been delivered to Cairo's Egyptian Museum after they surfaced at an auction in Israel

Regional adversaries Qatar and Egypt have renewed their animosity, trading harshly-worded statements over the conviction and sentencing to death by a Cairo court of six people, including two Al-Jazeera employees

CAIRO (AP) -- Two ancient Egyptian sarcophagus covers have been delivered to Cairo's Egyptian Museum after they surfaced at an auction in Israel.

Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anani says the colorful wooden covers, decorated with hieroglyphics and illustrations, were recovered after they went on sale in 2012 and arrived at the museum Tuesday following cooperation between the two countries and Interpol.

He says the covers will be restored and put on display in the Cairo museum or a new, Grand Museum currently under construction near the Giza Pyramids.

El-Anani says it is still unclear how the rare artifacts made their way to Israel, but that Egypt would continue to repatriate any antiquities that have left the country illegally.

© 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.