A professional agency, Child Abduction Recovery International, is believed to have been hired to snatch the children.

Two of its members, named in media reports as Britons Adam Whittington and Craig Michael, have also been detained and charged.

Security camera footage shows masked men jumping out of a car and snatching the kids from their grandmother and another woman on a Beirut street.

I can name half a dozen friends who have mentioned to me that their mothers and grandmothers are addicted to anti-anxiety medication.

In Lebanon, the Muslims take Xanax and the Christians take alcohol.

But the longer you live in Lebanon the more you see signs of the war and the pain it caused.

There is rampant abuse of Xanax and other anti-anxiety medications among the older generations of Lebanese.

Only five minutes from my apartment and I had never known it was there! This land has seen countless empires, civilisations, languages, religions, and people groups come and go – a number of them in the Bible. The country today is still scarred by the fifteen-year sectarian civil war that lasted until the early 1990s.

The goal for many, if not most, educated young Lebanese (particularly young men) is to get out of the country and work abroad.

A conviction could mean the male 60 Minutes crew risk ending up in Beirut's infamous Roumieh prison, one of the largest jails in the Middle East with 5,500 inmates.

Brisbane mum Sally Faulkner and a Nine Network TV crew made up of reporter Tara Brown, producer Stephen Rice, cameraman Ben Williamson and sound recordist David Ballment, are facing kidnapping and assault charges in Lebanon following a bungled abduction of Ms Faulkner's two children in Beirut.

Police said Michael was taken to a Beirut hospital the night before after feeling unwell and returned to court following treatment.

Brown told News Corp from a cell in the basement of the court complex she was being treated well in police custody.'Quite genuinely we are being treated well by the standards here, it's fine, it's not crowded,' she said.

A decent salary in Lebanon for an experienced engineer is ,000 a month, or ,000 per year. A guy can be handsome or come from a good family, but it’s the second passport to a country with opportunity that elicits the strongest reaction from friends and family. In Lebanon children stay in their parents’ house until they get married, even if they are over 30.