In an open letter to Egypt Prime Minister Essam Sharaf, Tarek El Awadi, director of the National Egyptian museum, has called for protection of the unguarded archeological sites to put an end to illegal excavations and wild looting of storehouses and tombs, Discovery News said.
Awadi said, “The desecration of archaeological sites and monuments is not only a huge loss for the people of Egypt on a national, economic, and human level, but is also a loss to all of humanity and to science.”
The sites were left unguarded after the army vacated their posts to do other tasks elsewhere afterwas ousted by the revolution.
In protest at the lack of action by authorities the minister of antiquitiesresigned.
In the past weeks, looters have removed inscribed blocks from tombs at Saqqara, Giza and Abusir, and even tried to cut into pieces a colossal red granite statue of the 19th Dynasty king Ramesses II at the southern quarry of Aswan.
Among the biggest losses was the tomb ofAmun which dated back 1315-1201 B.C.
The Egyptologists and archeologists have started an international petition campaign to call for restoration of adequate security to the sites.