Lebanese missing after London fire
A Lebanese family who resided in London’s Grenfell Tower remain missing following a devastating fire on June 14. Nadia Choucair, her husband Bassem, mother Sareyah, and three children, Mirna, Fatima, and Zeinab, lived on the 22nd floor of the 24-story building. Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil and British Ambassador Hugo Shorter met with members of the Choucair family on June 20. British officials have reportedly collected DNA samples from the family, originally from Nahleh, to aid in identification, and Prime Minister Saad Hariri has ordered the Higher Defense Council to follow up on the case. Seventy-nine people are believed to have either been killed in the blaze, or are missing and presumed dead. The British government has faced severe criticism amid allegations that costcutting and deregulation led to the installation of flammable materials that contributed to the fire.