Lebanese Interior Minister Nohad Machnou urged the citizens of his country to order taxis the traditional way and refrain from using the popular Uber app. A few days ago, a British woman was raped and murdered by an Uber driver after she ordered a ride via the app.







Rebecca Dykes

Rebecca Dykes Photo Credit: Sky News/Israel News Company

Following the murder of a UK embassy employee in Beirut, Lebanon warned its citizens not to use the Uber app. The suspect in the murder case was arrested earlier this week. He met the victim, Rebecca Dykes, after she ordered a ride via the app.

Lebanese Interior Minister Nohad Machnou urged Lebanese citizens on Wednesday to continue to order taxis the traditional way, not the “virtual” way offered by the app. He said that the suspect, who confessed to raping 30-year-old Dykes before strangling her, has a criminal record.

Machnou’s warning came less than a day after the European Union ruled that Uber should be regulated as a transportation service, not a technology service, which would hold the company and its drivers to the same standards that apply to other taxi operating services.