"South Beirut and Photography" Beirut Warnings Or Dangers Tip by tahrir
Beirut Warnings and Dangers: 22 reviews and 12 photos
By all means visit the Dahiyeh (southern suburbs), it is interesting and the people are as warm and welcoming as anywhere else in Beirut, but do yourself a favour and leave your camera at the hotel. Take note of the following from wiki travel guide to Beirut:
"Photography of military personnel and installations is prohibited. You should also be careful in taking photographs in the Dahiyeh (the southern suburbs), if you don't want to get in contact with Hizbollah. The safest thing is to ask an official nearby for permission, although your request will very likely be turned down. Keep your camera in a purse just for safety. If a Hizbollah official approaches you, seeing your camera, he can't know if you've been taking pictures before that. Should you be taken in for questioning (because of taking pictures), remain calm. It might take a long time getting out of it, but it's highly unlikely that things should escalate or turn ugly. Bottom line: consider not bringing your camera at all. A trip to Dahiyeh is way too interesting and different to be spent getting questionined by the authorities."