Israel tests pumping gas from disputed gas field with Lebanon

Lebanese protesters sail in boats with slogans affirming Lebanon's right to its offshore gas wealth, near a border-marking buoy between Israel and Lebanon in the Mediterranean waters off the southern town of Naqoura on September 4, 2022. [MAHMOUD ZAYYAT/AFP via Getty Images]

Israel on Sunday started to test the pumping of gas from the disputed Karish gas field amid tension with Lebanon, according to local media, Anadolu reports. Israeli Channel 12 reported that Israel's security establishment has given the US gas drilling company Energean the green light to start its tests. Public broadcaster KAN said full pumping operations from the site may be ready within weeks after the completion of the tests. Last week, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Israel will go ahead with the gas extraction from the Karish field despite threats by Lebanese Hezbollah group, which threatened to target the site. On Thursday, Israel rejected revisions to a US draft agreement on the demarcation of maritime borders between Israel […] Source

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