Apple chief executive Tim Cook has spoken of his sympathy for refugees fleeing Syria and the Middle East as the company made a "substantial donation" to relief agencies, the Telegraph reported Saturday.
Cook said the company's collective hearts went out to those caught up in the crisis.
"As we’ve all seen and read in the news, millions of people from Syria and other Middle Eastern countries have fled their homes because of war and persecution.
Europe, where many hope to find safety, is experiencing a refugee crisis on a scale that hasn’t been seen since World War II," he wrote. "Thousands of people have already lost their lives as families embark on long and dangerous journeys across land and sea.
"Apple is making a substantial donation to relief agencies which provide humanitarian aid to refugees in Europe and around the Mediterranean."
Cook added that Apple customers could support the agencies by donating through the Red Cross iOS app, and that employees donations to the campaign will be matched by the company, two-for-one.
"Apple is dedicated to advancing human rights around the world. We hope the actions we’re taking will help make the situation less desperate for some, and ease the hardship so many are enduring," he concluded.