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Environment Ministry traces Ashkelon stench to fuel leak

Sue Surkes is The Times of Israel's environment reporter.

A fuel tank owned by a Europe Asia Pipeline Company factory just outside of the southern city of Ashkelon, where a fuel leak occurred in late November 2020. (Environmental Protection Ministry)
A fuel tank owned by a Europe Asia Pipeline Company factory just outside of the southern city of Ashkelon, where a fuel leak occurred in late November 2020. (Environmental Protection Ministry)

Following complaints from area residents, the Environmental Protection Ministry announces that it has traced fuel smells to a leak of around 20,000 liters (5,285 gallons) of fuel from a tank in Ashkelon, in southern Israel, owned by the Europe Asia Pipeline Company.

A fuel leak took place in the same tank compound in late 2020.

The ministry says it will update the public further following an investigation into the leak and its severity.

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