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Environment minister says oil spill was terrorist attack linked to Iran

Fishermen unload their nets after returning from a fishing trip on the Mediterranean Sea, in the Israeli Arab village of Jisr az-Zarqa, in the early morning of Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Fishermen unload their nets after returning from a fishing trip on the Mediterranean Sea, in the Israeli Arab village of Jisr az-Zarqa, in the early morning of Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Environmental Protection Minister Gila Gamliel says that the oil spill that has coated Israel’s coast with tar was an act of “environmental terrorism” that appears to be linked to Iran.

“After limiting the number of suspects in the incident, we discovered that it was not just an environmental crime, but environmental terrorism,” she says on Twitter.

“A pirate ship owned by a Libyan company that came from Iran is responsible for the environmental attack,” she says.

The Environmental Protection Ministry is currently holding a press conference with more details on the revelation.

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