Israel closed all beaches on the Mediterranean Sea after an oil spill from an unidentified ship. Officials say one of the worst environmental disasters in the country’s history has occurred.
Environmental organizations began reporting the appearance last week pieces of tar on the coast of Israel. The Ministry of Environment and activists estimate that At least 1,000 tons of tar landed ashore.
Thousands of volunteers from Saturday to help remove tar. Several of them were hospitalized because of inhaling toxic fumes. The military also sent thousands of soldiers to help with the operation.
Ministry is looking for potential source of leak, that is, a ship sailing around 50 km from the coast on February 11. Satellite images and modeling of wave movements are intended to help narrow down the search.
Nine units were located in this area at that time, reported Environment Minister Gila Gamliel. It is more than likely that we will be able to locate the correct ship – she added.
If that happens, Israel could take legal action, such as filing action for damagesthat would help deal with ecological disaster.
Environmental groups have published, among others pictures of sea turtles covered with thick oil. The Israeli Ministry of Agriculture determined that a dead whale found on a beach in the southern part of the country died from the ingestion of a petroleum substance.
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