Major Ecological Disaster In Lebanon

Oil spill threatens Eastern Mediterranean coast and could also affect Cyprus, Turkey, and Greece.
August 11, 2006, 8am PDT | Abhijeet Chavan
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"As the Israeli assault on Lebanon enters its 30th day, scientists are scrambling to control what is being described as the worst environmental disaster ever to hit Lebanon.

Four weeks ago the Israeli military attacked a power station on the Lebanese coast, blowing up the plant's five large fuel tanks.

Since then around 15,000 tons of oil have leaked into the Mediterranean Sea. Satellite images show the spill has already reached as far as north as Syria. 70 miles of coastline have already been polluted. Environmentalists fear the spill could also end up affecting Cyprus, Turkey and Greece. "

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Published on Wednesday, August 9, 2006 in Democracy Now
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