Saturday, August 26, 2006

Meanwhile in Lebanon

Cleanup of Lebanon's massive oil spill has barely begun: The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) estimates that between 10,000 and 15,000 tonnes (11,000-16,500 tons) of fuel oil leaked from the Jiyeh electric power plant in mid-July after two Israeli air raids. The seaside plant, 30 kilometres (19 miles) south of Beirut, burned for 12 days. The spill has polluted about 200 kilometres (124 miles) of the Lebanese and Syrian coasts, the European Union said.

Report: Germany to send up to 1,200 troops to Lebanon force : A report released Saturday said the German contribution to a peacekeeping force in Lebanon - navy ships plus surveillance from the air - would involve around 1,200 service personnel.

Israel says will not lift blockade until forces man all borders: Israel will not lift its sea and air blockade of Lebanon unless Lebanese and international forces deploy at all border crossings, including those on the Lebanese-Syrian frontier to enforce an arms embargo on Hezbollah militants, an foreign ministry official said Saturday.

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