Israel closed its Mediterranean beaches after oil pollution


Citizens were urged not to swim or to play sports on the beach.  The  environmental pollution could endanger health, it was said to explain.

In the past few days, an oil plague had wreaked havoc on Israel’s beaches. ©

 The  animal world was particularly affected, numerous marine animals such as turtles were covered with a black, sticky film. A young fin whale was washed lifeless on the beach.

According to Israeli media reports, dozens of tons of oil had spilled into the sea off Israel’s coast. ©

 The  reason was initially unclear. Thousands of volunteers helped clean up the beaches over the weekend. However, according to media reports, several of them later complained of malaise. Schaul Goldstein, chairman of the Israeli nature and parks authority, spoke of the worst natural disaster in years.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the beach near the port city of Ashdod on Sunday. He said the Ministry of the Environment would work out a plan to clean up the beaches. In talks with neighboring southern Egypt, it was suggested that ships in the Mediterranean should be equipped with environmentally friendly fuel in the future. “When several countries work together, we can make a big difference in a few years, keeping the sea, land and beaches clean.”



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