- Title: EGYPT: EGYPT BEGIN PROJECT TO CLEAN-UP PYRAMIDS
- Date: 20th August 1995
- Summary: GIZA, NEAR CAIRO, EGYPT (AUGUST 20 AND 22, 1995) (RTV - ACCESS ALL) (AUGUST 20, 1995) 1. GV/ZOOM CONSTRUCTION AROUND THE PYRAMIDS (2 SHOTS) 0.08 2. SV BULLDOZER DIGGING UP THE PAVEMENT FOR THE FENCE (4 SHOTS) 0.44 3. SLV/SV WORKERS MIXING CEMENT (2 SHOTS) 0.58 4. SLV TOURISTS WALKING THROUGH THE CONSTRUCTION SITE 1.02 5. SV ENGINEER LOOKING AT PLAN 1.11 6. GV/SV BUSES WITH TOURISTS AT THE PLATEAU (2 SHOTS) 1.22 (AUGUST 22, 1995) 7. MCU ABDUL-HALIM NOURREDINE, HEAD OF EGYPT'S SUPREME COUNCIL FOR ANTIQUITIES (SCA), SPEAKING (ENGLISH) 1.35 (AUGUST 20, 1995) 8. GV TOURIST BUS IN FRONT OF SPHINX 1.39 SEQ.7; TRANSCRIPT; NOURREDINE: "THERE IS NO DOUBT THE SPHINX IS SUFFERING FROM ALL KINDS OF POLLUTION AS A RESULT OF ALL THESE BUSES AND TRAFFIC. I THINK IT IS OUR DUTY TO PRESERVE THIS SITE." Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: GIZA, NEAR CAIRO, EGYPT
- Country: Egypt
- Duration: 00:01:39
- Story Text: The Egyptian government has started an extensive, three-month project to clean up and re-organise the plateau around the 4,500 year-old Giza pyramids and the Sphinx.
The fist phase of the 150,000 United States (U.S.) dollar project involves setting up a fence to keep buses and cars away from the historical site in order to reduce pollution.
Pollution has already seriously damaged the soft limestone features of the Sphinx.
Abdul-Halim Nourredine, head of Egypt's Supreme Council for Antiquities (SCA), said they will stop letting cars and buses entering the square around the pyramides.
He said that there was no doubt that the Sphinx was suffering from all kinds of problems caused by pollution. "I think it is our duty to preserve the site," he concluded.
The project will also include digging up the black tarmac road leading to the site and replacing it with a stone pathway instead.
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