A leakage of industrial waste water with high acidity occurred on Friday afternoon at the Rotem Amfert plant, causing acidic water to flow into the Ashalim area of the Judean desert, according to the Israel Nature and Parks Authority.
Israel Nature and Parks Authority staff are in the area working to block further contamination and to prevent travelers from going to the area.
According to the chemical plant, the leak occurred at 11:45 a.m. and plant workers immediately began work to stop the leak. The flow of waste water has ceased, according to a company spokesperson.
The public is asked to avoid Ashalim and nearby routes until further notice.