Lebanon Dumps Tanks into Mediterranean to Create New Habitats for Marine Life

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Environmentalists in Lebanon sank 10 old tanks and armored vehicles this week to the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea in an attempt to create new habitats for marine life and attract divers.

Three kilometers off the coast of the city of Sidon, a huge crane on the back of a ship maneuvered the military hardware into place over the water before dropping them down to the seabed one after the other.

The initiative to create an “underwater park” is spearhead by a local group, Friends of the Coast of Sidon, which got the Lebanese army to hand over some of it old vehicles for the project, Punchng reported.

“This will be a paradise for divers and a place where we can develop underwater life,” said NGO representative Kamel Kozbar, who hopes seaweed will soon cover the vehicles.

Lebanon boasts some 200 kilometers of Mediterranean coast but beaches have not been spared from a waste and garbage crisis that has plagued Lebanon for years.

In Sidon, a mountain of smelly trash has scarred the shoreline, despite the presence of a new waste management facility.

Photos published in the Facebook page of “Friends of the Coast of Sidon” show the operation under water.

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