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2006-08-24 00:00:00

By Gideon Long BYBLOS, Lebanon -- The Lebanese port of Byblos has survived the Romans, the Crusades and the armies of Alexander the Great but now it faces a 21st century menace, brought to its shores on a tide of war -- oil pollution. A slick caused by Israel's bombardment of a power plant last month during its conflict with Hizbollah guerrillas has spewed a black tide along a 87-mile stretch of the coastline. Few places have been hit harder than Byblos, which dates back 7,000 years and lies...

2006-08-03 09:33:20

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Oil leaking from a bombed power station in Lebanon has reached the coastline of neighboring Syria and is spreading north, the Kenya-based United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) said. Israeli jets hit storage tanks at the Jiyyeh plant south of the Lebanese capital Beirut at the beginning of the war, spilling an estimated 10,000 to 30,000 metric tons of oil into the Mediterranean. "Satellite imagery ... now shows that the oil slick has entered Syrian waters and...

2006-08-02 12:53:21

By Stefano Ambrogi LONDON (Reuters) - Leaking oil from a bombed power station in Lebanon has damaged about a third of the country's coastline, the world's top maritime body said on Wednesday. The U.N. International Maritime Organization (IMO) said in a statement that some 10,000 metric tons of fuel oil had spilled into the Mediterranean from the damaged Jiyyeh plant south of Beirut. It said another 25,000 metric tons of the heavy oil slurry -- similar to the type that devastated...

2006-08-01 06:23:04

By Lin Noueihed BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon is working to secure fuel imports as part of U.N. humanitarian aid convoys and from neighboring Syria to avert shortages that could see the lights go out and the country grind to a halt within days. "Our involvement is to facilitate the government's import of fuel through our office in Jerusalem," said Amer Daoudi, emergency coordinator for the World Food Program, which is in charge of logistics for U.N. aid operations in Lebanon. "We hope...

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  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
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