On Saturday, Lebanon’s Energy Minister Walid Fayad told CNN Arabic that reports of a total power outage in the country were “exaggerated” and that the “situation is not worse than it was previously.”
Back-up generators — which the country has long relied on for power outages that typically lasted three hours a day — began to ration power, with most cutting supplies by over 12 hours a day. Many in Lebanon have stopped subscribing to generators because of skyrocketing electricity bills.
Meanwhile, there has been uproar on Lebanon’s social media over pictures that showed Fayad at a popular Beirut beach on Saturday while the country’s energy crisis made international headlines. CNN spoke to an eyewitness who confirmed the veracity of the photos.