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Health Ministry bans sale of all seafood from Mediterranean due to oil spill

File: A fisherman holding a very big fish taken in the Mediterranean sea in Jaffa's port. November 25, 2006 (Jorge Novominsky/FLASh90)
File: A fisherman holding a very big fish taken in the Mediterranean sea in Jaffa's port. November 25, 2006 (Jorge Novominsky/FLASh90)

The Health Ministry has banned the sale of fish or any seafood from the Israel’s Mediterranean shore until further notice due to the major oil spill that has inundated Israel’s coast with black tar.

The ministry says there is no current evidence of a health hazard in seafood, but it is awaiting test results from labs.

The spill is believed to have caused the deaths of marine wildlife.

Earlier today the Environmental Protection Ministry launched a major operation to dispose of tons of tar scraped so far from the country’s beaches in an ongoing cleanup following the huge spill that severely contaminated most of Israel’s Mediterranean coastline.

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