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Egypt: UNESCO to help museum recover from blast

Updated Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 | 4:30 a.m.

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Mohammed Ibrahim says a UNESCO team will travel to Cairo to assess damage inflicted on the city's Islamic Art Museum by a blast targeting a nearby security headquarters.

At a news conference Sunday, Ibrahim also says the museum will receive $100,000 from the U.N. cultural agency to help with restoration efforts.

The explosion on Friday, which targeted Cairo's main security headquarters, shook the museum located in the old Cairo district of Bab el-Khalq, propelling steel and ceiling plaster onto its glass cases and wooden artifacts and breaking water pipes.

He said a complete account of damaged artifacts has not yet been taken.

Built in 1881, the Cairo Museum of Islamic Art is home to one of the world's richest collection of artifacts from Islamic history.