Syrian refugee, escapes war, died in London Grenfell tower fire

‘Death followed him’: Syrian refugee among Grenfell Tower victims

The first victim of the Grenfell tower block fire in west London has been identified as a Syrian refugee.

Mohammed al-Haj Ali, a civil engineering student at the University of West London, fled his hometown of Daraa in Syria three years ago and was granted asylum in the UK.

“He survived Assad, the war in Syria, only to die in a tower block in London. There are no words,” Abdulaziz al-Mashi, a friend of the family, told the Telegraph.

The local Syrian community held a vigil to remember their friend on Wednesday night.

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