British Embassy Worker in Beirut Found Strangled

Rebecca Dykes, a British staffer at the British embassy in Lebanon, was found strangled Saturday by the side of a road east of Beirut, the Lebanese capital. Credit Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, via Associated Press

(The New York Times) BEIRUT, Lebanon — A female British Embassy worker has been found strangled near a highway outside Beirut, a Lebanese security official said on Sunday.

The British Foreign Ministry provided a statement by the family of the woman, Rebecca Dykes, but gave no details of the circumstances of her death.

“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Rebecca,” the family said. “We are doing all we can to understand what happened.”

Britain’s ambassador to Lebanon, Hugo Shorter, said on Twitter: “The whole embassy is deeply shocked, saddened by this news.”

Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces said on Saturday that the body of a woman who had been strangled had been found by a highway outside Beirut. A Lebanese security source named the woman on Sunday as Ms. Dykes.

Ms. Dykes, who worked at the British Embassy, had described herself on a LinkedIn page as a program and policy manager with the Department for International Development, a position she had held since January.

Ms. Dykes had previously worked in London on diplomatic programs related to Iraq and Libya, the LinkedIn page said.
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