Tar From Oil Spill Is Spreading To Several Beaches Along The Coast Of Lebanon

Tar From Oil Spill Is Polluting More Areas In Lebanon

The tar that reached southern Lebanon following the recent Israeli oil spill has spread to more Lebanese areas, polluting beaches and threatening marine life.

The dangerous pollutant has reached Beirut and the beaches of Byblos, Batroun, and Chekka, not to mention Tripoli, experts in Lebanon told Sky News Arabia on Friday.

The tar traveled northward with the help of strong winds, which also recontaminated some southern beaches that had already been cleaned, including in Tyre.

Dr. Milad Fakhry, an environmental expert, told the same source that Lebanese beaches may face new waves of tar in the future.

Fakhry said that a specialized committee from the United Nations is helping conduct a survey of the Lebanese beach from the southern Tyre Nature Reserve to Beirut, as the Lebanese team has faced difficulty identifying moving tar spots.

Tar was initially discovered on the beach of the southern city of Tyre back on February 22nd, covering a significant area inside the Tyre Nature Reserve and contaminating sea turtles.

Lebanon has since filed a report to the U.N. regarding the damage caused by the oil spill, asking for technical support in dealing with the disaster as well as compensation for the damages it has caused.

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