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09 Aug 2006 description

Kassem El-Saddik

Two days after the start of the war, an environmental crisis struck the Lebanese southern coast. With emergency plans unable to swing into action without a ceasefire, the disaster now threatens the Eastern Mediterranean coastline.

The Jiyeh Power Plant reservoirs, located 30 km south of Beirut, were the target of Israeli bombs on 13th and 15th July resulting in their complete destruction and release of the oil into the sea. Three weeks after the strike, the fire still burns and the thick oily layer continues to invade the sea.