THE government agreed to help Grenfell Tower fire victim Mohammad Alhajali’s family in Syria enter Britain yesterday after more than 85,000 people signed a petition demanding they be allowed to attend his funeral.
Mr Alhajali, who was a Syrian refugee, was the first person to be formally identified by police as a victim of Wednesday’s deadly fire.
A friend of the family, Mirna Suleiman, set up the campaign — as a Syrian, she knows how difficult it is to obtain a visa for visits.
She had received the sad news about Mr Alhajali after ringing hospitals, rest centres and the casualty helpline.
Mr Alhajali’s family said in a statement: “Mohammad was a very amazing and kind person. He gave love to everyone.
“He came to the UK because he had ambitions and aims for his life and for his family.
“Our whole family will miss Mohammad dearly and he will never be forgotten.
“To God we belong and to him we return.”
Mr Alhajali’s older brother Omar, who had been with him in the flat, managed to escape the building.
The percentage of rejected visa applications for visits from Syria has soared after the country’s devastating civil war began in 2011.
The Home Office said it considers visa applications outside its immigration rules on compassionate grounds.