Israel will be required to pay reparations to Lebanon for attacks
By Yoav Stern, Haaretz Correspondent
The United Nations will require Israel to pay Lebanon nearly $1 billion for environmental damages caused during the 2006 Second Lebanon War, the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar reported on Saturday.
The paper said that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will put the motion on the table of the Security Council later this month.
The indicated amount is based on a World Bank damage assessment. Among other issues, it included the cost of pumping oil from the Mediterranean coast after Israel bombed a large refinery, which was covered by UN agencies. The oil spill also inflicted extensive damage to local flora and fauna, which has yet to be fully repaired.
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