Israel holds Iran responsible for the recent oil spill, which spilled large amounts of tar on Israeli beaches. The Israeli Environment Minister spoke today of “ecological terror”.
“Iran is guilty of terrorism by damaging the environment,” said Minister Gila Gamliel. According to her, there was piracy; the tanker is said to be owned by a Libyan company that smuggled oil from Iran to Syria. The oil is said to have been dumped on the way, about 70 kilometers from the Israeli coast. According to Israel, this is one of the greatest ecological disasters in the history of the country.
Among other things, the tanker sailed through Israeli waters without making radio contact, Gamliel said. According to her, the tracking system was intentionally turned off. The minister provided no further evidence for the charges.
Still possible accident
“The target was smuggling from Iran to Syria. We do not assume there was any other purpose,” said Rani Amir, an official who is investigating the disaster on behalf of authorities. Incidentally, the researcher does keep various options open; According to Amir, it could be an accident or deliberate dumping.
The oil is said to have spilled into the sea between February 1 and 2. After the leak, Israel closed off all beaches on the Mediterranean. Many animals became smeared with the tar and the removal of the remains could take years. Iran, Israel’s nemesis, has not yet responded to the allegations.
It is the second time in a short time that Israel has accused Iran of an incident at sea. According to Prime Minister Netanyahu, the country was also behind a recent attack an Israeli freighter in the Gulf of Oman.