Illegal digging for treasures and gold near ancient Egyptian sites is on the rise as law and order decline in the aftermath of the revolution.
Egypt's revolution has not only brought political upheaval, but also lucrative opportunities for illegal diggers hunting for antique treasures and gold. (...)
"Illegal digging has always happened but it increased since the revolution," says Brig Hosni Hussain, the head of tourism and antiquities police in Luxor. "They think there is no security."
But the police chief played down the problem, dismissing the possibility that there may still be many undiscovered tunnels.
He also insisted that everything that had been stolen to date had been recovered.
"We know what's going on," says Brig Hussain. "And I am pleased to tell you that in the end, because of our work, nothing has been stolen anywhere in the country."
Aleem Maqbool / BBC New