Minister of Environment, Tarek Khatib, said on Thursday that the United Nations General Assembly has adopted the oil slick on Lebanese shores during its meeting on the 21st of November, 2016.

The Jiyeh Power Station oil spill is an environmental disaster caused by the release of heavy fuel oil into the eastern Mediterranean after storage tanks at the thermal power station in Jiyeh, Lebanon, 30 km (19 mi) south of Beirut, were bombed by the Israeli Air force on July 14 and July 15, 2006 during the 2006 Israeli aggression on Lebanon.

“The UN General Assembly has cast 166 in favour of adopting the oil slick against 8 countries that voted against it. In addition, seven countries have refrained from voting,” the Minister said.

“The Assembly has requested of Israel to take full responsibility by instantly compensating for the Lebanese government and to the other countries that have been affected by the oil slick such as Syria,” the Minister said.

“This decision is the fruit of the ongoing cooperation between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates and the Ministry of Environment, which have both urged Israel to compensate with the amount of USD 856,4 million based on the principle of nations’ accountability against illicit acts.

Source: National News Agency

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Minister of Environment, Tarek Khatib, said on Thursday that the United Nations General Assembly has adopted the oil slick on Lebanese shores during its meeting on the 21st of November, 2016. The Jiyeh Power Station oil spill is an environmental disaster caused by the release of heavy fuel oil...