A massive oil spill from a Syrian power plant is threatening an environmental catastrophe in the eastern Mediterranean.
The spill, which originated in a power plant in the Syrian city of Baniyas, covers an area of approximately 1,000 square kilometers.
The incident has raised concerns in Lebanon, Cyprus, and Turkey for its potentially disastrous consequences on the environment.
About 100 kilometers separate the Lebanese city of Tripoli from the location of the spill, which currently poses the highest risk to Northern Cyprus since the oil has stretched across the sea and gotten relatively close to its coast.
In addition to causing severe harm to the environment and marine life, oil spills also pose a huge risk to human health, such as respiratory damage, liver damage, decreased immunity, increased cancer risk, and more.
Northern Cyprus said on Monday that its authorities were closely monitoring the developments related to the oil spill off the coast of the Karpas Peninsula.
Similarly, Turkey said that it would take the necessary measures to prevent an environmental catastrophe.