BEIRUT, LEBANON (04:43 A.M.) – Mercy Corps, one of the largest aid delivery organization to Syria, has had its operations in Turkey shut down by the government.
“Our hearts are broken by this turn of events, which comes after five years of cooperation with the government of Turkey and other partners,” spokeswoman Christine Bragale said in a statement early Wednesday morning.
Bragale claimed that no reason had been given and that “we continue to seek a dialogue with Turkish authorities” and “remain hopeful that the government of Turkey will allow us to return to serve those in critical need.”
Mark Toner, acting State Department spokesman, described Mercy Corp as a “valuable partner”.
“We have informed the government of Turkey of our concerns regarding Mercy Corps’ closure and the impact it will have on their ability to provide critical humanitarian assistance to vulnerable populations,” he said.