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Turkish post office serves freed Syria city

After Turkish troops liberated Jarablus in 2016, Turkish PTT office offers the city mail, money, logistical services

10.03.2018
Turkish post office serves freed Syria city

Halab

By Deniz Cicek

ALEPPO, Syria

The Turkish postal service or PTT is now serving a Syrian city liberated from terrorists in 2016 by Turkish soldiers.

A PTT branch in Jarablus, Aleppo has been providing mail, money transfer, and logistical services for Syrians as well as local Turkish officials since last November.

Jarablus was liberated from Daesh terrorists by Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield in September 2016. The operation, which concluded in March 2017, was meant to clear terrorists from areas of Syria bordering Turkey.

The Jarablus PTT is also used to pay salaries to local police forces and Turkish civil servants working in the city.

The branch also handles money, mail, and cargo transfers using the same rates as inside Turkey.

In January, the branch delivered gifts to local orphans from Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. 

Helping hospitals, schools, police

Since the city’s liberation, Turkey has been supporting normalization in Jarablus by supporting healthcare, education, and safety services for locals.

In fall 2016, Turkey's Health Ministry opened a hospital to service thousands of people.

Additionally, the Turkish Red Crescent (Kizilay), the state Disaster and Emergency Management Agency (AFAD), and some Turkish municipalities have repaired local schools, included Ahmet Selim Mulla High School, the city’s largest, recently used as a prison by Daesh terrorists.

Turkey has also helped the Free Syrian Army (FSA) to create a local police force.

Various Turkish humanitarian aid groups such as the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH) are also helping in both Jarablus and other regions of Syria.

* Gokhan Ergocun contributed to this story from Ankara.

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