Tragic twist after couple and their young son flee Afghanistan

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A five-year-old boy, whose family fled the Taliban and moved to the UK, has tragically died after falling from a hotel window.

Mohammed Munib Majeedi and his family were staying in the OYO Metropolitan Hotel in Sheffield, three hours north of London, where it's believed he fell from the ninth storey of the building around 2:30pm local time.

A South Yorkshire police spokesman told The Sun an investigation was underway to “establish the exact circumstances surrounding the incident”.

Five-year-old Mohammed Munib Majeedi tragically fell out of a ninth-story hotel window.  Source: Facebook
Five-year-old Mohammed Munib Majeedi tragically fell out of a ninth-story hotel window. Source: Facebook

“We are sorry to share a boy has sadly died after falling from a building in Sheffield,” police said.

“The boy’s family are being supported by specially trained officers.”

Mohammed's father, Omar Majeedi worked as a humanitarian worker at the British Embassy in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, and was granted refugee status.

Guests have complained about the safety of the hotel windows

According to The Sun, guests have complained in the past about the hotel windows.

In 2019, a guest reportedly posted photos to Facebook showing the huge space an open window left, pointing out the safety issues. 

A guest posted a photo of the hotel's window to Facebook. Source: Facebook
A guest posted a photo of the hotel's window to Facebook. Source: Facebook

“It is not child friendly, has huge health and safety issues,” the since-deleted post on the Facebook page read.

“I could not open the window as it opened so wide I was scared my children would fall out.

“Look at this. No safety whatsoever. A sleepless night if you have children and it’s hot and your (sic) not given a fan!”

Thousands of Afghans flee Taliban rule

Thousands of Afghans are trying to flee the country after the Taliban took control last Sunday.

The insurgents stormed across the country, capturing all major cities in a matter of days, the Afghanistan government that has run the country for 20 years collapsed and President Ashraf Ghani fled Afghanistan saying he wanted to avoid bloodshed.

The Taliban ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, enforcing a strict Islamic Law called Sharia, which is based off their interpretation of the Quran, or the Islamic Holy Book.

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