Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Israel closed all beaches on the Mediterranean Sea due to the oil spill


Environmental organizations began reporting tar snippets on Israel’s coast last week after a severe storm. The Ministry of Environment and activists estimate that at least 1,000 people went ashore. tons of tar. 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.

The ministry is looking for a potential source of the leak, i.e. 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.

A dead whale found on a beach in southern Israel – PAP / EPA / ABIR SULTAN

If that happens, Israel could take legal action, such as filing a claim for damages, to help deal with an environmental 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 south of the country died from the ingestion of a petroleum substance.



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