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Last month an oil spill was discovered in Egypt’s Red Sea by Egyptian authorities. The spill polluted a stretch of coastline dotted with popular tourist resorts.

According to a Reuters Africa report, the Egyptian oil minister has claimed that none of the 188 oil platforms in the Gulf of Suez are responsible for the spill and that the oil may have come from water used to clean out a tanker.

Local environmental groups are skeptical of the Egyptian government’s claims and are accusing the government of a cover-up.

Watch this video report from Al Jazeera English for more on the story.

Egypt covers up Red Sea oil spill

Additional resources:

The Jordan Times – Aqaba environmentalists concerned about Red Sea oil spill