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UN evaluates the impact of Lebanese oil spill, but no clean-up action

Two UN experts arrived in Syria Tuesday to evaluate the consequences of the oil spill off the coast of Lebanon caused by Israeli bombing in mid-July.
The oil spill has already polluted over 140 kilometres of the Lebanese coastline and has spread north into Syrian waters.

A United Nations Environment Programme official said that at this stage the information remains sketchy and no clean-up action has been possible.

 “There has been no on-the-ground assessment to support the Lebanese government, no moves possible towards a clean-up, and indeed few practical measures to contain the further spread of the slick,” said the official.

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