Five-year-old Mohammed Monib Majeedi died yesterday after falling 70ft just a short while after the family had relocated to the UK.
The family, including Mohammed’s dad, Omar Majeedi, who worked at the British Embassy in Kabul, fled Afghanistan which is currently being overtaken by the Taliban to seek a safer life in the UK just days before the accident.
The South Yorkshire establishment has been the base for Afghan heroes and their relatives who worked alongside the British Army and authorities.
The boy plummeted to death from the ninth-story window – around 70ft above-ground level after peering out at the view at around 2:30pm yesterday.
A British interpreter in Afghanistan who is a resident at the hotel described the incident by saying: “I was in my room.
“I heard a sound, like I heard the body fall.
“His mother was in the room with him. She was screaming, ‘My son, my son.’
“When I came here (outside) I saw the ambulance and police here.”
The Blonk Street hotel in Yorkshire is being investigated, with police spotted testing the windows and measuring the gap visible when fully opened.
It is believed that the hotel window at the OYO Sheffield Metropolitan Hotel in South Yorkshire opened with a gap of one and a half feet, large enough for the child to fit between.
The child’s death is not being ruled as suspicious.
Other guests commented on the boy’s mother crying and said: “I explained that the lady didn’t speak English and someone should translate for her. Then I went with them to the hospital.
“She explained to me that he was standing close to the window and he was watching downstairs”.
Thousands of people, like the family affected by this tragedy, have been evacuated in US and UK airlifts as Afghan residents seek safety and refuge from the Taliban advance.
A friend and ex-colleague of the boy’s father Mr Majeedi commented on the tragic incident, reporting that he’d said goodbye to the boy recently:
“When I was at the airport saying goodbye to Majeedi, I just hugged his small kid. I remember he was doing childish acts.
“I can’t understand how this happened. I am shocked”.
Yesterday a South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “We are sorry to share a boy has sadly died after falling from a building in Sheffield this afternoon.
“The boy’s family are being supported by specially trained officers.
“Enquiries are in the early stages to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the incident.”