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Egypt investigating couple pictured nude on top of Khufu pyramid

Posted December 8, 2018 12:46 a.m. EST
Updated December 8, 2018 2:08 a.m. EST

— A video uploaded recently to social media that shows a foreign couple climbing to the summit of the Great Khufu Pyramid of Giza and a still picture that shows them in a naked embrace has sparked outrage among Egyptians, state media Ahram Online said Friday.

The three-minute video recorded at night, which has stirred outrage and controversy among Egyptians on social media, shows parts of the climb as a man and a woman scale what appears to be the Great Pyramid of Giza with the skyline of Cairo in the background. When they reach the top, the video shows the woman taking off her shirt and finishes with a still image showing them in a naked embrace.

Minister of Antiquities Khaled al-Anani referred the case to the prosecutor general for investigation.

"In regard of what was circulated and published yesterday evening for a short video film depicting two foreigners climbing the pyramid at night, and then put a picture of them violating public morality, and to find out the truth and take the necessary action, Minister of Antiquities, D. Khaled al-Anani, decided to immediately refer the case of the incident and the film to the Attorney General to investigate the matter," the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities said in a statement Friday.

According to Ahram Online, the video was uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday by self-described Danish photographer Andreas Hvid, who posts images on social media of different sites from high vantage points around the world, sometimes depicting nudity.

Climbing pyramids is punishable by law in Egypt. The video and the act have been criticized by the Egyptians as it displays a disregard for Egypt's laws and its conservative society.