Boy, 5, who fell from hotel window to his death had just fled Afghanistan
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A boy, 5, who tragically plunged 70ft to his death from a hotel window is thought to have been an Afghan refugee whose family fled the Taliban.
The boy, his parents and four siblings had arrived in the UK just days ago as the crisis in Afghanistan worsened and the terror group made advanced on the capital Kabul.
Witnesses said they heard the boy's terrified mum screaming "my boy" as people rushed to help before the emergency services arrived.
A fellow refugee at the hotel told YorkshireLive the youngster and his family were relocated to the OYO Metropolitan hotel in Sheffield four days ago after having just escaped their homeland.
The man said: “They came here to save their lives and now this has happened. It is so sad.”
The hotel is currently being used to accommodate Afghans and their families who worked alongside British troops and embassy staff.
The boy's dad is believed to have worked at the British Embassy in Kabul as a senior humanitarian manager before the family had to be relocated to the UK earlier this month.
On Wednesday night, investigators were seen opening and examining hotel windows which open with a gap.
A hotel resident, who worked as an interpreter with the British Army in Afghanistan, told the Sun: "It happened at around 2pm and he fell from the ninth floor at the back of the hotel.
“He can’t have been in England very many weeks. We spent two weeks in quarantine in Manchester and moved into this hotel five days ago.”
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Another interpreter said he attended the hospital with the boy's distraught parents.
He said of the boy's mother: "She explained to me that he was standing close to the window and he was watching downstairs."
The devastated mum was said to be in tears at the scene.
A member of the city’s Afghan Community Association, named only as Zabi, said: “It is very sad. We are looking to go to see the family to help them.”
On Thursday, police confirmed that the boy who died at the was only five-years-old and his family is being supported by specially trained officers.
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Officers are not treating the boy's death as suspicious.
One witness wrote on Facebook: "I saw the entire thing go down, absolutely devastating.
"The medics worked their hardest. Wanted to give my lil bro a big big hug.
"Thoughts go out to his family, fly high little angel."
Police said the boy's family are currently being supported by specially trained officers.
No formal identification has taken place yet.
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