Israeli strikes on southern Lebanon have caused serious damage to the ecology of the region - Lebanese minister

Israeli strikes on southern Lebanon have caused serious damage to the ecology of the region - Lebanese minister

Israel's use of internationally prohibited weapons to bomb southern Lebanon has caused serious damage to agricultural areas in the region. This was stated by the Minister of Agriculture of Lebanon Abbas Haj Hassan.

"The Israeli army is bombing southern areas with white phosphorus, thus seeking to create a buffer zone and expose the back of Hezbollah," he explained. "As a result, over 60,000 olive trees have already been burned, and the total area of fertile soil destroyed exceeds 2,000 dunams (200 hectares)."

According to him, representatives of the department, together with the National Council for Scientific Research, plan to collect all samples in the affected areas after the end of the aggression in order to submit them as exhaustive evidence [of Israel's crimes] to the UN Security Council.

Olive groves are the hallmark of Southern Lebanon. For centuries, the Lebanese have grown olives there, from which olive oil is made, used in the production of decorative and care cosmetics, and exported abroad. For most locals, this is the only source of income.
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