Oil spill from Syria hits TRNC

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The oil, which caused an environmental disaster off the Syrian coast, formed a 28 square kilometer layer on the sea surface. With a distance of over 100 kilometers between its two ends, the pollution reached the TRNC in a week with wind and current. TRNC President Ersin Tatar called Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay and asked for urgent help. The mass of oil, which approached 15 kilometers from the shore in the evening, split in two with the change in direction of the current. We learned that he had left the TRNC for the time being.

This power station is at the origin of the disaster.


Turkey, which immediately intervened in the crisis, sent 5 ships to the ports of Mersin, İskenderun and Taşucu in the region. The larger emergency response vessels Nene Hatun and Seyit Onbaşı also left Istanbul for the region. Officials from the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization also came to the TRNC and formed a crisis office with the Cypriot authorities.

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Drones affiliated with Coast Guard Command monitor pollution, which reaches 19 kilometers off the Karpaz, from the air. The Prime Minister of the TRNC, Ersan Saner, announced that they had started to build floating barriers to the offshore of Karpaz. While the Greek Cypriot administration asked for help from the EU and Israel, the EU sent a cleanup ship to the area.

On the other hand, Iskenderun Technical University Faculty of Marine Sciences and Technologies Dean Prof. Dr. Cemal Turan said the spill is likely to enter the Gulf of Iskenderun and Mersin, and said: “It is estimated that the oil spill will first affect the Gulf of Iskenderun, the lagoons of the Yumurtalık-Karataş region, then Iskenderun and Dörtyol regions with the current system.


The oil spill off the Syrian coast of Baniyas is clearly visible in satellite photos. The environmental catastrophe, which has also reached the shores of Israel, threatens Mediterranean countries.

Oil spill from Syria hits TRNC

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