Israel blames Iran for Mediterranean oil spill

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Mar 4, 2021

Israel has blamed the current oil spill within the jap Mediterranean on Iran, however many particulars are nonetheless unclear.

Beaches in Israel and Lebanon turned black final month following a spill within the sea. On Wednesday, Israel’s Environmental Protection Minister Gila Gamliel stated the spill emanated from a ship carrying pirated cargo from Iran to Syria, Reuters reported.

Gamliel named the ship because the oil tanker Emerald, which flies the flag of Panama. The ship sailed by way of the Gulf and the Red Sea with out radio contact, then turned on its monitoring gadgets earlier than the Suez Canal. It turned off the monitoring gadgets once more earlier than getting into Israeli waters and allegedly dumped the oil on Feb. 1-2. The minister referred to as the occasion “terrorism” and blamed Iran, based on Reuters.

“Iran is damaging the environment; it isn’t just hurting the State of Israel,” she stated at a press convention.

The Iranian authorities had not commented on the accusation as of Wednesday night.

A Panama-flagged vessel named Emerald reached Dubai on Jan. 1 and the Suez Canal on Jan. 31. It went to Egypt’s Port Said on Feb. 15 and is now en path to Iraq, based on the ship monitoring web site VesselFinder.

Many information stay unknown. Gamliel stated the ship is owned by a Libya firm however didn’t title anybody. She additionally didn’t clarify how precisely Iran was concerned. Some safety officers have doubted her evaluation, based on Israeli media retailers.

Israel blamed Iran for one more incident at sea lately. The Israeli authorities additionally stated Iran was behind final week’s explosion aboard an Israeli owned ship within the Gulf of Oman.