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Blobs of tar wash up on beaches in south Lebanon

The Arab World | 2021-02-22 17:41:39
Blobs of tar wash up on beaches in south Lebanon

In Lebanon, deposits of a fuel substance appeared on the coast in beaches in the country's south, detected at first by people taking a stroll.

Most of what appeared to be tar deposits landed on the coast of Tyre.

The management of Tyre's coast nature reserve said the spill could endanger marine life and biodiversity in the area.

Hassan Hamza, an engineer at the Tyre reserve, said evaluation of how much of the substance is present on the beaches is underway to organize quick clean ups.

He said the source of the pollution seemed to be an oil spill from a vessel in the Israeli port of Ashdod, and was detected in more than one place.

The Tyre Coast Nature Reserve is one of two marine protected areas and contains a wide diversity of ecosystems.

It is located on a major migratory routes for birds and was included in the Specially Protected Areas of Mediterranean Importance in 2012.
Associated Press
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