Environmental crime in the Mediterranean: Israel chases tanker that illegally dumped oil into the sea – News abroad

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Again it is these pictures that make you sad. And angry:  The  small body with the shell black and sticky, coated with oil: A sea turtle has died miserably. Numerous other animals were washed up lifeless on the beach, such as a young fin whale.

OIL SPILL ON ISRAEL’S MEDITERRANEAN COAST!


No chance against oil: a woman is holding a dead sea turtle in her hand

No chance against oil: a woman is holding a dead sea turtle in her handPhoto: Ariel Schalit / dpa


A dead fin whale that was washed up south of Tel Aviv

A dead fin whale that was washed up south of Tel Aviv. Veterinarians found a “black liquid” in his lungsPhoto: Ilia Yefimovich / dpa

Dozens of tons of the “black plague” spilled into the sea between Haifa and Ashkelon, the authorities speak of the worst environmental disaster in the country in years. © www.de24.news

 The  beaches have been closed to recreational activities.

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 The  exact cause of the disaster is still unclear, but the authorities have a suspicion: a ship that is said to have illegally drained oil off the coast.

Now Israel is chasing the oil tanker – a real environmental thriller.


A helper is holding a dead fish that she has previously freed from oil

A helper is holding a dead fish that she has previously freed from oilPhoto: Ariel Schalit / dpa

According to the “Neuer Zürcher Zeitung”, the authorities want to work with the EU, which has set up a monitoring system for. With the help of weather satellites, oil spills in the Mediterranean are to be located.

According to Israel’s Environment Minister Gila Gamliel, investigators have narrowed the search to nine ships. © www.de24.news

 The re is therefore a chance to identify the tanker responsible for the oil spill.

Israel wants to take action against the owner and demand compensation.


Thousands of volunteers like here in Herzilya Pituah are trying hard to clean the beach, collecting lumps of tar

Thousands of volunteers like here in Herzilya Pituah are trying hard to clean the beach, collecting clumps of tar Foto: action press

► But until then the catastrophe will continue, the swirling oil in the water brings death and immeasurable damage to nature. A coral reef was covered with the sticky, black mass, the animals living there are acutely threatened, like a rare species of sea snail.

According to the nature conservation authority, it will take decades before the damage is repaired.


Pieces of tar stick to a rock on Hadera Beach

Pieces of tar stick to a rock on Hadera BeachPhoto: Ariel Schalit / dpa

Volunteers are on duty on the roughly 160-kilometer stretch of coast, trying to clean the beaches, equipped with protective suits against the toxic fumes that pour out of the lumps of tar that have washed ashore. According to media reports, several of them later complained of malaise.

But they won’t give up. Neither do the authorities in the hunt for the culprit!





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