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Oily substance of unknown source contaminating beaches in south
By Tzafrir Rinat
A wide stretch of the southern beaches of Israel has been contaminated in the last few days by an oily substance of an unknown source.
The contamination began several days ago and extends from the Zikim area to the Ashdod area.
A number of bathers in the area say that the substance has a foul odor and a few of them have even reported a burning sensation following contact with the substance.
Crisis talks on Lebanon oil spill
Oil spilled into the sea following Israel's bombing of a power station.
The slick now covers 170km (105 miles) of Lebanon's coastline and is spreading out to sea.
Oil Spill at the Lebanese Coast
In the course of the conflict in the Middle East, the oil-fuelled power plant of Jieh, located directly on the coastline approximately 30 km south of Beirut was hit by bombs on July 13 and 15, 2006.
Due to south-westerly winds and the sea currents, the oil spill was partly carried out to sea and partly dispersed along the coast of Lebanon. Until the beginning of August, 2006 the Lebanese coastline has been affected from the Damour region south of Beirut to the Syrian border in the North.
DLR satellite map: Oil spill extent between July 21 and August 10, 2006 (1:200,000)