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Lebanese PM claims ‘rivers of rubbish’ video is fake

Tammam Salam said a truck full of waste had driven through the streets of Beirut before dumping its load in the street

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Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam said on Monday that the video showing rain-soaked streets in parts of Lebanon flowing with garbage was fake, the website of private Lebanese TV channel al-Jadeed reported.

The prime minister claimed that an investigation had revealed that a truck full of waste had driven through the streets of Beirut before dumping its load in the street during a rainfall, making the video depict a worse scene than in reality.

VIDEO: Video shows ‘rivers of rubbish’ in Lebanon

The latest incident comes three months into a crisis that began after the closure of Lebanon's largest landfill in July, and the government's failure to find an alternative dumping site.

The crisis sparked a protest movement led by the “You Stink” activist group, which brought thousands of people into the streets for several weeks of anti-government demonstrations.