London fire: UK Prime Minister Theresa May rushed away from protesters
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 18, 2017,
Jun 18, 2017, 9:59
"Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity". She and Prince William visited fire survivors Friday.
As London Fire and Rescue Service continued their search of the building, looking for victims, the outpouring of grief mixed with anger grew.
"And we'll make sure that takes place as soon as possible to get to the bottom of this".
May was jeered after she made a visit to the community Friday. "People lost their lives on Tuesday".
'As we do everything we can to help them, we will make sure they have the counselling and emotional support they need in the hard days, weeks and years ahead'.
He told reporters on Saturday: "The current number of fatalities is at least 30".
A firefighter who spent hours tackling the blaze compared the Grenfell to the 2001 World Trade Center terror attacks in NY, where 40% of the victims were never identified.
Protests were held in London on Friday as residents demanded support for those affected by the fire.
Elsewhere, a crowd of about 100 people gathered outside the council building of Kensington and Chelsea, chanting, "We want justice!"
Residents affected by the London tower block inferno were passionate and angry during a lengthy exchange with Prime Minister Theresa May, a bishop who sat with them has revealed.
Dozens of demonstrators surged towards the entrance and there were scuffles outside as organisers appealed for calm.
It was a direct contrast with Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, who met with members of the public and was pictured hugging tearful relatives of victims near the charred building.
Many wept openly as candles illuminated the road outside the Latymer Christian Centre, yards from the site of the blaze.
In an interview with BBC Newsnight, Mrs May said the government was doing all it could to help.
"We have worked tirelessly to establish how many people we believe were in Grenfell tower on the night and at this point in time we are unable to say that they are safe or well".
"The government is making money available, we are ensuring we are going to get to the bottom of what has happened, we will ensure that people are re-housed".
Many residents of the building remain unaccounted for, and police said numerous remains may never be identified.
May, whose political position was already weakened by a poor showing in parliamentary elections last week, announced the government would immediately provide 5 million pounds ($6.39 million, 5.7 million euros) to help victims of the fire.
The Syria Solidarity Campaign said Mr Alhajali, a civil engineering student, had been in a flat on the 14th floor when the fire broke out, and had spent two hours on the phone to a friend in Syria.
May has outlined a series of measures to help those left homeless by the devastating fire which engulfed the 24-storey North Kensington apartment block on Wednesday.
Opponents said Mrs May's handling of the fire has thrust her position further into doubt.
Mr Green said a £5m fund would be for the immediate needs of victims, adding that "other money may be needed longer term".
It came as a second victim of the disaster was named as 24-year-old artist Khadija Saye.