Unrest continued for a third day in Cairo on Sunday as security forces clashed with protesters demanding an end to military rule in Egypt. The latest violence, which has left 10 dead, comes after last week’s second round of parliamentary elections.
Historic Institute of Egypt set ablaze
The clashes also left the Institute of Egypt in flames.
The centre for the advancement of scientific research was founded in 1798 during Napoleon Bonaparte's expedition to Egypt, and contained more than 20,000 precious documents and manuscripts.
On Sunday, a group entered the premises to recover the manuscripts, some of which were burned, AFP correspondents said.
"We are trying to save whatever we can of these historic documents. The building can collapse any minute," said Olfa, with a bag full of partly burned papers.
Culture Minister Shaker Abdel Hamid called the fire that ripped through the institute "a catastrophe for science." (AFP)
Date created : 2011-12-18