The court ruled on a seven-day ban on the disclosure of information about the oil spill off the coast of Israel

The oil slick that hit the coastline of Israel has spread north to the beaches of southern Lebanon. However, there is no information on the causes of the spill. Yesterday, a court in Haifa ruled unexpectedly for a seven-day ban on disclosure. The court ruled after some Israeli news outlets reported the name of a ship suspected of dumping the oil.


Environmental protection minister Gila Gamliel said that the ministry is investigating the possibility that the pollution – believed to be about 1,000 tonnes of bunker fuel – was carried out purposely for malicious reasons. “They either spilled the oil from the ship into the water or a malfunction occurred and they didn’t report it. Finding those responsible for the disaster is a complicated process, but we will do everything in our power to find those culpable”, – said Gamliel. The ministry on Sunday urged Israelis to stay away from beaches, citing the serious health risks posed by oil products.

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