The Mother Jones blog has a bit of a scoop, plucked from the Arabic-language press:

It looks like an eco-nightmare is taking place on the beaches of Lebanon. Reports coming in say beaches are being clogged with oil because five out of six oil tanks at the electricity plant in Jiyeh were destroyed by Israeli bombs.

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The Lebanese Embassy in Washington confirmed the spill.

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