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Protesters shut down ancient Egypt temple

Dec. 6, 2011 at 1:50 PM
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CAIRO, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Residents of an area south of Cairo shut down one of Egypt's best-known temples in a protest against a shortage of subsidized goods, officials said Tuesday.

The Supreme Council of Antiquities said the Temple of Seti I at Abydos was reopened to tourists after a three-day closure, Bikyamasr.com reported. Officials with the council said they negotiated with the local governor, who promised residents that he would remedy the situation.

The ticket office at the temple had been attacked and tourists barred from entering.

The temple, discovered in 1817, is the longest and deepest in the Valley of Kings, burial place of Egyptian pharaohs of the New Kingdom. Seti was the father of Ramses II, described in Exodus as persecuting the Israelites.

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