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Stormy weather sweeps tar from sea onto northern beaches

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

Stormy weather is sweeping large quantities of fresh tar from the sea onto the northern Israeli beaches of Bonim, Maagan Michael and Neve Yam, the Environmental Protection Ministry reports, for reasons that it says are not clear.

Tar forms from the breakdown of oil, sometimes from oil spills or from oil seeping slowly out of oil wells. The ministry says the most usual source is oil dumped overboard by a passing ship.

Tar on a beach under the Carmel Beach Regional Authority’s jurisdiction in northern Israel, February 17, 2021. (Sharon Adi and Dan Biron, courtesy of the Environmental Protection Ministry)
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