Lebanon Oil Spill Legal Assessment


After the Israeli attacks on the Jiyyeh power plant in Lebanon on 13 and 15 July 2006 during the hostilities between Lebanon and Israel from 12 July till 8 September 2006 an estimated amount of 15,000 tons of heavy IFO 150 (number 6 fuel) spilled into the Mediterranean Sea and 20,000 tons of fuels is thought to have been burnt. 

The legal assessment of these bombardments focuses on two questions, namely whether or not Israel may be held responsible under public international law for the environmental damage resulting from the bombardments, and whether or not those who ordered the bombardments may be held individually responsible under public international law.

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