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Family of five confirmed dead after tower fire

17 June 2017 National News

Five members of the El-Wahabi family died in the Grenfell Tower fire, relatives have confirmed.

Father Abdul Aziz was 52 and his wife Fouzia was 42.

Image: Abdul Aziz El-Wahabi

Their three children, 21-year-old Yasin, 16-year-old Nurhada and eight-year-old Mehdi also died in the fire.

Yasin and Nurhuda El-Wahabi

Image: Yasin and Nurhuda El-Wahabi

The police have confirmed that 30 people have died in the fire but say 58 people are missing, feared dead.

The first victims of the fire were named on Friday.

Mohammed Alhajali

Civil engineering student Mohammed Alhajali phoned a friend to say goodbye

Image: Civil engineering student Mohammed Alhajali phoned a friend to say goodbye

Mr Alhajali, a 23-year-old civil engineering student, fled the war in Syria in 2014 and had not been able to see his family since.

He had tried to escape his 14th floor flat with his older brother Omar, but the pair became separated on the way down and Mohammed returned upstairs.

Police have now confirmed he died in the fire.

The Syria Solidarity Campaign issued a statement following the news of Mr Alhajali’s death.

The co-founder of the organisation, Abdulaziz Almashi, described him as a “kind, charitable” man, who was “full of passion for his family”.

He said he studied civil engineering at the University of West London so he could one day return to Syria and help the country.

Khadija Saye

Khadija Saye

Image: Khadija Saye

Khadija Saye’s family have confirmed to Sky News that she died in the blaze.

The 24-year-old lived on the 20th floor of the tower.

Ms Saye’s mother, Mary Mendy, is still unaccounted for.

MP for Tottenham David Lammy tweeted his condolences, writing: “May you rest in peace Khadija Saye. God bless your beautiful soul. My heart breaks today. I mourn the tragic loss of a wonderful young woman.”

Earlier he had appealed on Twitter for help to find Ms Saye, calling her a “dear friend, a beautiful soul and emerging artist”.

Her work is currently being exhibited at the .

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