Le­banese miss­ing af­ter London fire

Executive Magazine - - Last Month -

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.

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