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Lebanon’s Coast is Drowning in Oil

Posted by uscsjp on September 6, 2006

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-lebsea4sep04,0,7780748.story?coll=la-home-world

A spill caused by an Israeli airstrike has blackened popular beaches and threatens the economy and delicate ecosystems.

By Borzou Daragahi, Times Staff Writer September 4, 2006 BEIRUT —

The azure waters of the Mediterranean have long been a symbol of Lebanon’s fun-loving character and proud maritime history. But the country’s prized 135-mile coast has become its biggest environmental disaster. Thick gobs of oil have clogged the coast’s coral reefs. Sandy beaches have become black-stained no-go zones. Rocky fishermen’s coves have become dark soups of crude. All are the result of Israeli airstrikes on seaside oil tanks in the first days of the war against Hezbollah. . . .

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