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Israel has closed all its Mediterranean beaches until further notice, Al Jazeera reported. The television notes that the restrictive measure was imposed after environmentalists began reporting black tar pellets.
They were dumped on Israeli beaches last week after a severe storm. Pollution has been identified as one of the worst environmental disasters in the country’s history. It affected the nearly 200-kilometer beach in Israel.
Activists began reporting black tar globes off the coast of Israel last week after a severe storm.
The Ministries of Environment, Health and Interior issued a joint statement warning the public not to visit the country’s entire Mediterranean coast.
Authorities even warn that “exposure to tar can be harmful to health.”
Representatives of a coalition of Israeli environmental groups told a news conference Sunday that the environment ministry was severely underfunded and that existing legislation had not done much to prevent or deal with environmental disasters.
A dead whale was dumped on Ashkelon’s beach on Friday. Authorities believe the oil spill was responsible for his death. They warned that this disaster should be a wake-up call against the planned oil pipeline connecting the United Arab Emirates and Israeli oil facilities in Eilat – home of endangered coral reefs in the Red Sea, reports news.bg.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Environment Minister Gila Gamliel visited a beach in the southern port city of Ashdod to inspect the damage.
“We are making every effort to find the perpetrators of the disaster and tomorrow we will submit a motion for resolutions on environmental restoration for approval by the government,” Gila Gamliel wrote on Twitter.
The environment ministry and activists estimate that at least 1,000 tonnes of tar have already been dumped on land.
The cleanup project will cost millions of dollars, revealed Gila Gamliel.
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