The “tar storm” event plaguing Israeli beaches has ended

Environmental Protection Minister Gila Gamliel said in a statement that “After an intensive month, we’re moving to the next stage, and are continuing to coordinate with the coastal authorities in operations to clean and remove the tar, in order to bring about a complete cleaning of the beaches,”. According to the Environmental Protection Ministry’s press release, 82% out of central Israel’s 101 beaches passed the tar index, and have returned to public use. More broadly, 61% of all beaches are clean or with a low amount of pollution. Currently, 36% remain with a low to moderate level of tar, and just 3% of beaches are still significantly polluted. Operation of the beaches will be reverting to the coastal authorities starting Wednesday.