Refugee who fled Syria violence killed in London fire

Distraught mother Genet Shawo has refused to "fear the worst" after confirming her five-year-old son Isaac had not been seen since her family fled the 18th floor. "It's unbelievable, just insane, and so unfair", Mr Almashi told the Standard. "Why have you left me?'" "I can't believe he's not here", Almashi told the Press Association.

Syrian refugee Mohammed Alhajali, a civil engineering student at the University of West London, perished moments after phoning loved ones to say goodbye.

"[When the firemen] opened the door, the smoke came inside, I saw the fire around me. They said: 'Come, come.' They were pushing us", he told the BBC.

"She was with a group of people in the fire escape, in the fire stairs, they live on the 20th floor", said Ruiz, while appealing for information.

Speaking to the BBC, Hazem al-Haj Ali, the eldest brother of Mohammed, said that his mother was desperate to come to the United Kingdom to see her son before he is buried.

Sawsan Choucair, Nadia's sister, made a tearful appearance on ITV on Thursday morning, revealing she had called them around 3am during the blaze.

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"Mohammed came to this country for safety and the United Kingdom failed to protect him".

"I spoke to that guy in Syria and he told me that". He said they stayed on the line with him for two hours trying to tell him: 'You will be fine. You are in London, you are not in Syria.

"I said, 'Why didn't you come?"

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But firefighters never reached the 14th floor. Mohammed was on the 14th.

The petition page, set up by Mirna Ayoubi, reads: "Before dying, Ali asked his friends to tell his family in Damascus that he loves them".

A co-founder of the Syria Solidarity Campaign, Abdulaziz Almashi, confirmed the news on Thursday, saying Alhajali had worked for the organization.

He said firefighters pushed him out of the flat through the smoky corridors and stairwell.

"His dream was to be able to go back home one day and rebuild Syria", the group said in a statement. I didn't even see anything, even my fingers, nothing.

It is ironic that this young man of 23 escaped the war and destruction of his native land to die in the United Kingdom in a burning building.

A Syrian refugee has been named as the first victim of the towerblock inferno in London as officials expected the death toll in the tragedy to rise dramatically.

An outpouring of heart-wrenching messages from London's Syrian community mourned the death of Mohammad Al-Hajali, 23, a civil engineering student at the University of West London.

He worked for the Syria Solidarity Campaign in the United Kingdom, which calls for peace and democracy in the country. It is thought they did not live in the block but were visiting friends or relatives.

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