The Ministry of Environmental Protection said it is working to contain the incident and will conduct “an extensive inquiry” into it.








The scene of the bromine leak

The scene of the bromine leak Photo credit: Fire and Rescue Services

Residents of the Dead Sea area were ordered to stay indoors on Friday after 18 tons of bromine leaked from a nearby factory. Police blocked parts of Highway 90.

The Ministry of Environmental Protection stated that the leak was caused by a hole at the bottom of a bromine tank. It added that its representatives are on the scene and that the ministry will conduct “an extensive inquiry” to prevent such cases from reoccurring.

Dov Litvinoff, the head of the Tamar Regional Council, said the incident is not expected to affect the nearby resort area of Ein Bokek.