Apart from people’s homes and the infrastructure that have been destroyed, one of Lebanon’s greatest treasures, its coastline, has been badly damaged by the Israeli incursion. Also affecting Syria and the region as a whole, some 15000 tons of oil released when Israel bombed a power plant near Beirut are now fouling the beaches, and killing marine life. The area has never seen an environmental crisis like it, and conservationists are warning this is a disaster that will have lasting effects, and could take many years to clean up.
The heavy fuel oil is difficult to treat, and although Norway and Kuwait have already sent chemicals and equipment, much more is needed.
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