UN calls on Israel to pay compensation for Jiyyeh oil spill

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The United Nations has called on Israel to pay compensation for an oil spill on Lebanese shores caused by the 2006 bombing of Beirut.

In a session held Thursday, the U.N.’s Economic and Financial Second Committee approved a draft resolution by a margin of 158 votes to nine.

During the 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel, Israel bombed storage tanks at the Jiyyeh power station, south of Beirut, spilling thousands of tons of fuel oil into the sea and causing extensive environmental damage to both the Syrian and Lebanese coastlines.

According to the U.N. press release, the spill “has hindered sustainable development efforts in Lebanon, adversely affecting health, biological diversity, crops, fishing and tourism.”