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Lebanon oil spill

Background - 22 August, 2006

Atoxic carpet of heavy fuel oil up to 10 cm thick is suffocating sea offthe Lebanese coast. An estimated 10,000 to 15,000 tonnes of Fuel Oilpoured into the Mediterranean Sea following the bombing of the Jiehpower plant on July 13 and 15. This has contaminated up to 150 km ofthe Lebanese coast north of the plant; however the full extent of thespill has yet to be fully assessed as aerial surveillance is still notpossible due to an air and sea blockade.