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Israel scrambles to save animals hurt in massive tar spill


A veterinary worker removing tar from a rescued sea turtle.

(ISRAEL21c via JNS) - A catastrophic tar spill washing up along Israel's entire Mediterranean coast may be the worst environmental disaster in Israeli history.

While government authorities investigate the source of the offshore leak of at least 1,000 tons of sticky, toxic tar, many Israeli civilians and soldiers are helping with cleanup efforts that will likely take months.

"Over the weekend I, together with thousands of volunteers, was at the beaches cleaning sticky, black tar oil off of dead and dying animals," Iris Hann, CEO of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, wrote...

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