A suspected oil spill off the coast of Israel has been described by officials there as one of the most severe ecological disasters to hit the country.
Chunks of tar began washing up on Israel’s Mediterranean coastline last week and the spill is threatening wildlife and their habitats. There were also reports of tar being found in the seas off neighbouring Lebanon.
Authorities are still trying to establish the source of the oil, although it is thought to have come from a passing ship.
Members of the public are being warned to stay away from the beaches while volunteers and soldiers clean up the waste.
Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority (NPA) said it would take a “long period of time” for the clean-up operation to finish.