Published: Sun, December 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

British diplomat Rebecca Dykes found dead in Lebanon

British diplomat Rebecca Dykes found dead in Lebanon

The body of Rebecca Dykes was reportedly found on the side of a motorway on Saturday.

A forensic official also told The Associated Press that Dykes was strangled with a rope.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "Following the death of a British woman in Beirut, we are providing support to the family".

Lebanese authorities said the incident is being treated as a murder and a criminal investigation has been launched.


Ms Dykes had been working in Beirut as the programme and policy manager for the Department for International Development since January 2017.

It is believed she was abducted, sexually assaulted and murdered with her body dumped several miles outside the city. "We request that the media respect our privacy", Dykes' family said in a statement.

A LinkedIn Account in her name says she worked for the Department of International Development (DFID) and previously was with Foreign Commonwealth Office.

A British Embassy spokesperson told Annahar: "Following the death of a British woman in Beirut, we are providing support to the family", adding "we remain in close contact with local authorities". Our thoughts are with Becky's family, friends and colleagues for their tragic loss.

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