Wednesday, February 24, 2021

the ecological drama in pictures


Almost the entire Israeli coast is affected by oil spills. An oil spill that is not yet under control according to the authorities.

“One of Israel’s most serious ecological disasters”. On Sunday, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority confirmed that the country was facing a historic oil spill after the discovery of tar on its beaches. The extent of the pollution is so severe that Israel’s Interior Ministry urged people not to travel to the coast.

Yesterday, the pollution episode was not yet under control, the tar still washing up on the beaches. “Of 190 kilometers of beaches in Israel, 170 kilometers have been affected by the ecological disaster,” authorities said, while they were still investigating the source of the oil spill. But at first glance, the oil spill would be due to the discharge of “tens to hundreds of tonnes” of bitumen from a ship, according to indications from the Ministry of the Environment.

Officials from the Ministry of the Environment, army teams, civilians and members of NGOs scoured the coasts of the country to pick up tar washed up on the beaches. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the beaches of Ashdod, south of Tel Aviv, to participate in the clean-up operations alongside Environment Minister Gila Gamliel.

“Turn away from polluting energies”

“We have to look to the future. This event and others like it around the world show us how crucial it is to turn away from polluting energies in favor of renewable energies ”, declared Ms. Gamliel on site.

To read :Clean-up operation after a large oil spill on the coast of Israel

Powerful winds and unusually high waves rocked Israel’s coasts last week, spilling tons of tar on beaches from Rosh Hanikra, near Lebanon, to Ashkelon, on the edge of the Gaza Strip. A whale – a fin whale, the second largest species in the world after the blue whale – nearly 17 meters long, was also discovered on a beach near Ashkelon.

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