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Experts try to clean up Lebanese coast oil spill

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Experts try to clean up Lebanese coast oil spill


How to deal with a massive oil spill left behind from the Israel-Hizbollah conflict has been the focus of talks in Greece. Up to 15,000 tonnes of oil has polluted the Lebanese coastline after the bombing of a power station, and the UN has set up talks on what can be done to stop the pollution spreading.

The talks, near Athens, are being led by the UN Environment Programme, and will include representatives from Lebanon, Syria, Greece, Turkey and the EU. Among those eager to see the clean-up pick up pace are fishermen in the small town of Byblos, 35 kilometres north of Beirut. They have been forced to stay in harbour for more than a month.

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