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London Fire Dead: First Victim Of Grenfell Tower Named As Mohammad Alhajali

He was a 23-year-old civil engineering student at the University of West London.

Mohammad and his brother, Omar, 25, a student at Westminster Business School, lived together in a 14th-floor apartment in Grenfell Tower.

He told the Telegraph: "He survived Assad, the war in Syria, only to die in a tower block in London".

"Mohammad undertook a unsafe journey to flee war and death in Syria, only to meet it here in the United Kingdom in his own home", the statement said.

The Syria Solidarity Campaign group paid tribute to al-Hajali, saying: "Mohammed undertook a unsafe journey to flee war and death in Syria, only to meet it here in the United Kingdom, in his own home".

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

Tributes have been paid to a "kind and charitable" refugee who was named as one of the first victims of the devastating Grenfell Tower blaze.

"We are heartbroken for his family, who thought he had found safety in the United Kingdom".

She told The Times he was "an incredible guy" who had come to the United Kingdom three years ago, with his brother Omar, "seeking a better, safer life".

The charity made an appeal for the brothers yesterday, saying: "Please pray for our brothers Omar Alhajali and Mohammed Alhajali, two Syrian refugees". The brothers were separated as they tried to escape the building during the fire early Wednesday.

At least 17 people have been confirmed dead in Wednesday's blaze in the 24-story tower, and that number is likely to rise, officials said.

"He left Syria to have a nice life, a new life in the UK".

Mr Alhajali, who was in his first year at the University of West London, wanted to one day return to his home country to use his engineering skills, the Syria Solidarity Campaign said. Commander Stuart Cundy said 17 people are now in critical condition and police are seeking to identify and locate the people who continue to be missing.


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