Israeli beaches hit by mystery oil spill

Israel is trying to track down the ship responsible for an oil spill that has left clumps of tar up and down its Mediterranean coast, a mess that officials say will take months or years to clean up.

Thousands of volunteers turned out to help with the disaster and the military is deploying to assist. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has toured the area.

Authorities are warning everyone else to keep their distance.

The event began last week during a winter storm, which made it harder to see the tar approaching and deal with it at sea, according to local officials.

A fin whale was also found washed up on a beach with oil-based material in its body, although further tests are pending.

The government says nine ships were in the area that are being investigated. If found, the country could take legal action.