On July 12th 2006, Israel launched a war against Lebanon for 34 days. The war ended with the destruction of 92 bridges; 900 commercial enterprises, including small farms and factories; 66 government buildings; 350 schools; two hospitals; 50 health care centers; 15 power stations; water distribution networks; one dam; one sewage plant....  and, according to Human Rights Watch the conflict resulted in at least 1,109 Lebanese deaths, the vast majority of whom were civilians, 4,399 injured, and an estimated 1 million displaced . On July 15th 2006, the Israeli air forces bombed a thermal power station in Jiyeh, Lebanon, 30 km (19 mi) south of Beirut. Out of the 75,000 tons stored, 12 to 15 tons of fuel were spilled and 55,000 tons were burned. The Jiyeh Power Station oil spill is an environmental disaster caused by the release of heavy fuel oil into the eastern Mediterranean . A 10 km wide oil slick covered 170 km of coastline, and threatened Turkey and Cyprus. The oil slick killed fish, threatened the habitat of endangered green sea turtles, and potentially increased the risk of cancer. More than 70 sites were affected, from private to public beaches as well as historical and cultural touristic sites . The Lebanese Ministry Of Environment pleaded to over 31 countries for help . GreenLine, Ecopeace, The EU, the UNDP and UNEP as well as the Commission of Environmental Economics and Social Policy (CEEP) argued for the aid of Lebanon. Alison Kelley, an Alaskan expert, and Kuwait leapt to the help of Lebanon in the recovery phase since both have previous experience with oil spills . The Finish presidency of the EU members stated that more technical help should be provided to Lebanon to assist with this serious issue. Japan, the US, Monaco and Canada helped fund cleaning campaigns. However, Greenline criticized the international community for ignoring the many environmental and legal issues on the war. The NGO played a very active role in the aftermath of situation, by planning clean up campaigns, press conferences and press releases to mobilize the national and international community. They conducted scientific and economic research of the oil spill to determine the cost of the damage and how to minimize its impact as much as possible. Along with their partners in the Netherlands, Greenline conducted a legal assessment discussing Israeli’s legal liabilities in the spill. Other local NGOs, such as the Sea of Lebanon Association and the Raffic Harri Foundation, organized cleaning campaigns along the Lebanese coast. Greenpeace sent divers to collect biological samples and monitor the seafloor. However, it should be mentioned that assessments and clean-up operations were delayed by four weeks while Israel continued bombing Lebanon. According to Lebanon's Environment Minister Yacoub Sarraf, Israeli jets deterred firemen from putting out the fire at the storage units, which continued for 10 days, and the Israeli Navy blockade stopped Lebanese and foreign officials from surveying the damage of the spill. The delay led to some heavy ecological damage to marine life. “The timing is quite essential with an oil spill. The more you wait, the more it spreads,” said Luisa Colasimone of the United Nations Environment Program. Two months after the oil spill, only 3% of the oil had been removed. Seven years after the devastating results of the oil spill, Israel was held responsible by the UN General Assembly for the damages with an estimated value of 856 million USD to be paid to Lebanon as per the polluter pays principal. This was one of a series of 8 UN General Assemblies which were pretty similar however this one assigned a financial amount to the reparations. The decision was passed 170 to 6 in favor. The US, Canada and Israel along with 4 other countries were opposed, stating that the assembly was not the proper setting to discuss liabilities and war compensation. As justification to not paying, an Israel representative stated that the war also had some damages in terms of the environment and human lives in Israel. During the war Israel reported 156 deaths while Lebanon has 1,200 confirmed deaths . Furthermore, Greenline described the oil spill as a catastrophe on an environmental, social and economic level. The spill had some the serious effect on the Lebanese coast. The oil extended over 150 km in width and 35 cm in depth. The spill led to the displacement of a quarter on the coastal population which was around 253,000 people.