Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim and the chairman of the Egyptian National Archives Abdel Nasser Hassan held simultaneous press conferences on Sunday under the same roof to discuss the damages sustained by the Museum of Islamic Art and Egypt’s National Library and Archives (NLA), which were both damaged in the blast targeting the nearby Security Directorate on Friday.
Both museums are situated in the same historic building, however the Museum of Islamic Art falls under the Antiquities Ministry while the NLA is under the jurisdiction of the Culture Ministry.
The Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim announced during the press conference that UNESCO would send a team this week to assess the damage and determine the amount needed for renovations.
Ibrahim stated on Saturday, according to state-run daily newspaper Al-Ahram, that UNESCO offered US$100 thousand as an immediate contribution towards renovations, in a first step towards launching an international donation campaign for repairs expected to cost $14.2 million.
Via International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works