A beach in Beirut polluted with oil spilled from the Jiyyeh power plant in southern Lebanon, as seen on Aug. 9, 2006. (The Daily Star/WikiMedia)
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Israel must compensate Lebanon for the environmental destruction caused after it bombed a power plant during its 2006 invasion and sent more than 10,000 tons of oil into the sea, Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said Monday.Speaking at a joint news conference alongside Environment Minister Mohammad Machnouk and the U.N. resident coordinator for Lebanon Ross Mountain, Bassil urged the world body to invoke Chapter VII of its charter to oblige Israel to pay the $856.4 million that it owes Lebanon, according to a U.N. General Assembly decision passed in December. Two of Lebanon's oil storage tanks at the Jiyyeh power plant on Lebanon's southern coast were targeted by Israeli war jets during the Jewish state's 2006 summer invasion of Lebanon, which led to a massive oil slick in the Mediterranean Sea in one of the worst environmental catastrophes ever created. The cost of the damage compensation, according to the U.N. resolution 69/212 supported by 170 states, is $856.4 million.
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