Oil spill pollutes Red Sea resorts


JERUSALEM (JTA) — An oil spill has polluted several tourist sites along the Red Sea coastline frequented by Israelis.

The spill, from an offshore oil drilling platform north of the Red Sea resort town of Hurghada, began last week, according to reports. An Egyptian government spokesman, Magdy Rady, told Egypt’s state news agency on Monday that the spill had been largely contained, according to the Associated Press. But the AP quoted environmental activists as saying that the spill was continuing.

Images from the area show oil washing up on the shores of Red Sea resort areas. Israel’s resort area of Eilat is located more than 170 miles from the site of the spill.

Israelis frequently travel to Red Sea resorts for quick vacations. News of the spill was not reported in Israeli news outlets for several days.

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