Tar pollution spreads from Israel towards Beirut

'UN contingent deployed in southern Lebanon informed'

22 February, 16:54

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT, FEBRUARY 22 - Marine tar pollution which has reached Israel's coast over the past few days reached Lebanon's coast on Monday and could spread to Beirut, the outgoing Lebanese Premier Hassan Diab was quoted as saying by local media.

    The ecological disaster, which was described as the worst of the past decades and was attributed to an unspecified oil spill from a boat at sea, is spreading along the coast of the eastern Mediterranean, also due to high seas and strong winds in the region.

    Lebanese Premier Diab asked ministers to "act as a consequence to repair the damages caused by this oil spill".

    The office of the Lebanese premier said that the UN contingent deployed in the south of Lebanon (UNIFIL), which has a maritime force and is led by Italian General Stefano Del Col, was informed of measures that will be undertaken by Beirut's authorities. (ANSAmed).

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