Thu, 22 Apr 2021

JERUSALEM, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- Israel's Ministry of Environmental Protection on Saturday reported signs of an oil slick in the Mediterranean Sea, about 130-150 km west of Israel's shores.

The marks were detected in satellite mapping, combined with an observation carried out by an unmanned aircraft of the Israeli Air Force.

The ministry noted that the slick is not expected to reach the shores of Israel at least until March 1, adding that no warning has been received from any international source.

Israel is already dealing with an ongoing severe tar contamination along a coastal strip of more than 150 km in the eastern Mediterranean.

The ministry said it was taking all possible measures to check the suspicious slick, with the assistance of the Israeli Defense Ministry, the Israel Defense Forces, the Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research national institution, and other bodies.

"If necessary, we will operate under the national emergency plan of responding to sea contamination by oil," the ministry added.

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