Uber driver held on the Lebanon death

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Police in Lebanon have arrested an Uber driver in connection with the murder of a British woman in Beirut.

The body of Rebecca Dykes, who has worked at the British Embassy in the city, was found by a motorway on Saturday.

The arrested man had 35 years and has worked for many, a prison, a senior Lebanese security source has told the BBC.

Ms Dams had been raped and strangled, and the man is expected to be accused of rape and murder this week, police sources have said.

His family said in a statement: “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Rebecca. We’re doing everything we can to understand what happened.”

Ms Dykes, which, it is believed, 30, had worked in Beirut on the programme and policy manager for the Department for International Development starting in January 2017.Lebanon country profile

It is thought that both spent Friday evening at a going-away party for a colleague in the popular Gemmayzeh district of Beirut.

After leaving the bar at midnight, it appears she was abducted. His body was found near a motorway on the outskirts of the city.


The Foreign Office said it was in contact with Lebanese authorities confirmed the arrest had been made.

The suspect was arrested in the early hours of Monday morning, after the police seems to go back to his car on the traffic management of video SURVEILLANCE.

An official told the Reuters news agencies, the preliminary investigation showed Ms Dams of the killing was “not politically motivated”.

The international community stunned

By Martin Patience, BBC Middle East correspondent in Beirut, lebanon

The Gemmayzeh district of Beirut, where Rebecca Dykes was last seen in life is well-known for having some of the best and most expensive, restaurants and bars.

There is usually a relaxed atmosphere. It is an area where foreign aid workers, diplomats and journalists mingle with the wealthy Lebanese often in the early hours of the morning.

Despite the chaos seen elsewhere in the region, Beirut in the last few years has been regarded as relatively safe. That is the reason why this murder has left the international community so shocked.

After an evening out, many people would previously have thought nothing of taking one of the taxis that ply the roads, or call for an Uber.

For a short period, however, which is destined to change. People will be more careful on how to obtain a home. Beirut can be relatively safe, but – as in all large cities around the world, this murder is a reminder of the dangers.

That was Rebecca Dams?

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Prior to its publication in Beirut, Ms Dykes worked with the ministry of Foreign affairs as a policy manager for its Libya team and as an Iraq research analyst.

According to his LinkedIn profile, he studied anthropology at the University of Manchester, and had a master’s degree in International Security and Global Governance from Birkbeck, University of London.

She was a former pupil of Malvern College Girls Rugby in the School and had also taught English at the Chinese international school.

Ms Dykes was reportedly due to the return flight to the UK for Christmas. She says on social media that she’s from London.