Israel Imposes Gag Order On Probe Into Oil Spill Dubbed "Most Serious Ecological Disaster" In Years | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED X-Frame-Options: DENY X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN

Israel Imposes Gag Order On Probe Into Oil Spill Dubbed "Most Serious Ecological Disaster" In Years

Israeli authorities have closed down miles of beaches as the county is in the midst of its "most serious ecological disaster in recent years" after an oil spill from an unknown origin occurred some dozens of miles off the coast into the Mediterranean Sea.

The Ministry of Environmental Protection indicated that tar was "washing up and contaminating the beaches" starting last Wednesday. A major clean-up and conservation effort is underway that has included the Israeli Army.

Beached whale on Israeli beach as a result of the disaster, via AP.
It's believed the oil spill may have happened a week or more ago, or possibly even weeks prior, but recent stormy weather washed it up to shore.

Currently an estimated 106 miles of coastline have been impacted, stretching from Israel through the Gaza Strip. It's also been widely reported as impacting southern Lebanon's coastline.

A statement from the Israel Nature and Parks Authority predicted that clean-up efforts could take years after the dozens of tons of tar washed up in various places. "The disaster we are witnessing in recent days on the beaches of Israel is the most serious ecological disaster in recent years, and its consequences we will see more years ahead," the Parks Authority wrote Saturday.

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