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Archaeologists scoff at claim of second Sphinx statue

An Egyptian tourism official claimed the discovery of a second statue of the Sphinx, sparking controversy and surprise in Egypt.

CAIRO — Reda Abdel Halim, the director of public relations for the Giza pyramids district at the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, told local media on Oct. 24 that he discovered a statue in the pyramids area that is of similar size to the Sphinx.

According to him, the statue is 73 meters high, with a head 20.5 meters high, and hands extended over 15.5 meters, like the Sphinx.

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