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Israel Urged to Aid Oil-Stained Lebanon
IPS News ^ | 01 November 2007 | Thalif Deen

Posted on 11/07/2007 9:12:43 PM PST by Lorianne

UNITED NATIONS - When the Israeli Air Force destroyed a slew of oil storage tanks and a key power station in Lebanon in July 2006, the environmental damage was described as devastating.

And now, more than 15 months later, the United Nations has released a report detailing the extent of the destruction caused by that oil spill to human health, biodiversity, fisheries and tourism.

The destruction has had "serious implications" for livelihoods and economy in that continuously trouble-plagued country.

The Israeli bombing, which destroyed storage tanks and the El-Jiyeh power plant, triggered the release of about 15,000 tonnes of fuel oil into the Mediterranean Sea, leading to the contamination of some 150 kms of coastline in Lebanon and neighbouring Syria.

The four weeks of bombings, characterised by an intense military conflict between Hezbollah and Israel, resulted in more than 1,183 fatalities, about one-third of them children, while 4,054 people were injured and 970,000 Lebanese displaced.

After an assessment of the economic damage, the World Bank said the overall cost was between 527 million dollars and 931 million dollars, averaging about 729 million dollars, or about 3.6 percent of Lebanon's gross domestic product in 2006.

The damages affected forests, water, air, hotels, beach resorts, public beaches, restaurants and commercial fishing.

The implications of the oil spill have been studied and assessed by over half a dozen international and environmental organisations, including the World Conservation Union (IUCN), the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP), the U.N. Environment Programme, the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organisation.

According to the IUCN, much of the shoreline ecosystem was physically and chemically contaminated.

The oil spill had a direct impact on biodiversity hot spots and fragile marine ecosystem, such as the only marine protected area in the country: Palm Islands Nature Reserve.

In a report to the current session of the General Assembly, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges the government of Israel "to take the necessary actions towards assuming responsibility for prompt and adequate compensation to the government of Lebanon."

The international efforts to help Lebanon should be intensified, he says, in the study titled "Oil Slick on Lebanese Shores", since "Lebanon is still engaged in oil removal, treatment of wastes and monitoring of recovery."

"It should also be recognised that this oil spill is not covered by any of the international oil-spill compensation funds, and thus merits special consideration," he notes.

According to the 14-page report, financial and technical assistance have so far come from more than a dozen countries, including Kuwait, Norway, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Monaco, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan and the United States.

But Israel is conspicuously absent from the list of donors.

To date, the report says, the government of Israel has yet to assume its responsibility for prompt and adequate compensation to the government of Lebanon.

The UNDP, which reviewed the many international and regional conventions that relate to oil pollution, found that all conventions are "inapplicable during armed hostilities."

Additionally, the agreements that relate to spill compensation pertain only to oil spills from tanker vessels at sea, and not land-based incidents.

The U.N. report also says that when the oil spill occurred in July 2006, "it overwhelmed national response capacity because of the ongoing conflict, the simultaneous need for a massive humanitarian response, the destruction of infrastructure and a land, air and sea blockade by Israel."

These factors also impeded initial efforts for international assistance.

In a report released last year, the London-based human rights organisation Amnesty International said that during more than four weeks of ground and aerial bombardment by the Israeli armed forces, the country's infrastructure suffered destruction on a "catastrophic scale".

Israeli forces pounded buildings into the ground, reducing entire neighbourhoods to rubble and turning villages into ghost towns, as their inhabitants fled the bombardments. Main roads, bridges and petrol stations were blown to bits, AI said.

Entire families were killed in air strikes on their homes or in their vehicles while fleeing the aerial assaults on their villages.

Scores lay buried beneath the rubble of their houses for weeks, as the Red Cross and other rescue workers were prevented from accessing the areas by continuing Israeli strikes, according to AI.

"The Israeli Air Force launched more than 7,000 air attacks on about 7,000 targets in Lebanon between 12 July and 14 August 2006, while the Navy conducted an additional 2,500 bombardments," AI added.

On the humanitarian front, the United Nations and its relief agencies were outraged over the destruction of lives and infrastructure in Lebanon, in what then Secretary-General Kofi Annan called a "grossly disproportionate use of military force."

The New York based Human Rights Watch (HRW) accused the Israelis of using artillery-fired cluster munitions in populated areas of Lebanon.

"Cluster munitions are unacceptably inaccurate and unreliable weapons when used around civilians," Kenneth Roth, executive director of HRW said. "They should never be used in populated areas."

Jan Egeland, then U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator, was quoted as saying "when one-third of the wounded and killed reportedly are children and women, then this goes far beyond responding to those armed groups (Hezbollah) and what they are doing against the civilian population in Israel."


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel
KEYWORDS: humanrightswatch; islam; islamofascism; muhammadsminions; stopislamization; unitednations; waronislamism
Good grief.
1 posted on 11/07/2007 9:12:44 PM PST by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

I think they meant Islam stained.


2 posted on 11/07/2007 9:15:57 PM PST by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: Lorianne
Let the UN get the money from hezbollah. Screw 'em. Israel didn't start this mess.
3 posted on 11/07/2007 9:17:31 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard

Well ... if LOST gets passed ...I, for one, may no longer be a believer in ‘The rule of law’.


4 posted on 11/07/2007 9:20:16 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: Lorianne
Those darn Israelis should learn to just lay down and die like other pedophilically described dhimmi.
5 posted on 11/07/2007 9:21:06 PM PST by kinoxi
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To: hinckley buzzard

killing Hezbollah terrorists is a form of aid...


6 posted on 11/07/2007 9:21:32 PM PST by donmeaker (You may not be interested in War but War is interested in you.)
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To: Lorianne
Next they’ll make Al Gore secretary general. This sounds like the claptrap he likes to peddle.
7 posted on 11/07/2007 9:30:41 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Your "dirt" on Fred is about as persuasive as a Nancy Pelosi Veteran's Day Speech)
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To: Lorianne

The UN? FM!


8 posted on 11/07/2007 11:08:12 PM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Lorianne

Where were these UN retards when Sadaam blew up the Kuwaiti oil fields?


9 posted on 11/08/2007 1:21:26 AM PST by Paisan
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To: Paisan

Hiding the kickbacks...


10 posted on 11/08/2007 1:28:42 AM PST by endthematrix (He was shouting 'Allah!' but I didn't hear that. It just sounded like a lot of crap to me.)
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To: Lorianne
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11 posted on 11/08/2007 1:46:03 AM PST by raygun ("It is wrong always, everywhere, anf for anyone to believe anything upon insufficient evidence")
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To: raygun
I don't give a rat's ass 'bout the "Palestinain" plight againt the Israelis, but the Bluefin tuna and green turtles don't have a dog in this conflict.

Sporting club (Beruit):


12 posted on 11/08/2007 2:17:51 AM PST by raygun ("It is wrong always, everywhere, anf for anyone to believe anything upon insufficient evidence")
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
If you'd like to be on this middle east/political ping list, please FR mail me.

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13 posted on 11/08/2007 2:27:00 AM PST by SJackson (every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and figtree, none to make him afraid,)
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To: raygun
Ramlet El Baida (Beruit):


14 posted on 11/08/2007 2:31:29 AM PST by raygun ("It is wrong always, everywhere, anf for anyone to believe anything upon insufficient evidence")
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To: raygun
North of Beruit (until Tripoli):
15 posted on 11/08/2007 2:42:59 AM PST by raygun ("It is wrong always, everywhere, anf for anyone to believe anything upon insufficient evidence")
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To: raygun
Movempick (Beruit):

Byblos:


16 posted on 11/08/2007 2:47:34 AM PST by raygun ("It is wrong always, everywhere, anf for anyone to believe anything upon insufficient evidence")
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To: raygun
Damour:

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17 posted on 11/08/2007 2:55:44 AM PST by raygun ("It is wrong always, everywhere, anf for anyone to believe anything upon insufficient evidence")
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To: raygun

Quite frankly, I believe that Israel stopped because of this.

What has been heard with respect to any of this (except coming out of Gaza since then)?

Perhaps if Gaza gets a dose of this, then the world community will be so besides themselves to help that they won’t have any other ideas and whatnot?

Perhaps Israel will have to hit ‘em even harder next time, eh?

How long do you think that’s going to take to resolve in Lebanon? What did it take in Prince Edward Sound, eh? Well, I believe that somebody understands something there now, don’t they?


18 posted on 11/08/2007 3:01:19 AM PST by raygun ("It is wrong always, everywhere, anf for anyone to believe anything upon insufficient evidence")
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To: F15Eagle

ping


19 posted on 11/08/2007 3:08:07 AM PST by raygun ("It is wrong always, everywhere, anf for anyone to believe anything upon insufficient evidence")
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To: Lorianne

Why isn’t Syria being “urged to help”? They created this problem in the first place.


20 posted on 11/08/2007 3:27:41 AM PST by montag813
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To: Lorianne
Jan Egeland, then U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator, was quoted as saying "when one-third of the wounded and killed reportedly are children and women, then this goes far beyond responding to those armed groups..."

The spokesperson for Hizbollah couldn't have said it better.

21 posted on 11/08/2007 3:28:50 AM PST by montag813
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To: Lorianne

The U.N. IS a stain; why dont they clean themselves up. . .(are they through with the habit of molesting children or do they still consider that a worthy endeavor for the communities they enter. . .how about the real stain of ‘oil/money. . .and therefore, blood. . .is THAT really over? What replaces the ‘feed’ for greed and power that nourishes the most corrupt at the U.N.?


22 posted on 11/08/2007 4:19:05 AM PST by cricket
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To: Lorianne

Right after the Islamists clean up all the “environmental damage” caused by their rocket attacks on Israel.


23 posted on 11/08/2007 4:20:28 AM PST by Kozak (Anti Shahada: There is no god named Allah, and Muhammed is a false prophet)
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To: Lorianne

Anyone who still believes the spun garbage coming out of Lebanon is hopelessly naive.


24 posted on 11/09/2007 1:55:11 PM PST by cowdog77 (" Are there any brave men left in Washington, or are they all cowards?")
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