Iran cleaning up oil spill in Genaveh, Persian Gulf

Work is under way to clean up two large stretches of oil patches off the southern Iranian port city of Genaveh in  the Persuan Gulf, head of Iran’s Environment Protection Organization said.

Ali Salajegheh said the transmission pipeline linking Iran’s Kharg island to the mainland port of Genaveh was shut off for repairs after the oil leak was detected on Sunday.

Diving teams have been dispatched to prevent oil leakage on the seabed from the pipelines and two vessels had been sent to Kharg and Genaveh’s coasts to help with the clean-up.

Over the past years, erosion of oil pipelines has caused widespread environmental pollution in the region.

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