المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

The number of Syrian mercenaries killed in Libya jumps to nearly 165, while discontent escalates among Turkish-backed fighters there

Death toll of the Syrian mercenaries who have been sent by Turkey to Libya is continuing to rise as more fighters have been killed in battles on the Libyan territory.

Syrian Observatory activists have documented the killing of nine Turkish-backed fighters in clashes with Haftar’s forces on different frontlines in Libya, bringing the total death toll of Turkish-backed fighters in military battles in Libya to 165.

The fatalities are of the factions “al-Mu’tasim Division, Sultan Murad, Suqur Al-Shamal Brigade, Al-Hamzat and Suleiman Shah”.

According to very reliable SOHR sources, the fatalities were killed in clashes on frontlines of Salah Al-Din in the south of Tripoli, Al-Ramlah near Tripoli Airport, Al-Hadabah Project area, Misrata and other areas in Libya.

On the other hand, discontent is escalating among the Syrian fighters which have been sent to Libya, since Turkey abandoned its promises and stopped paying their salaries (2,000 USD a month), at a time when the Syrian mercenaries suffer from dire living conditions there.

Observatory sources reported a few days ago that widespread discontent is prevailing among the Syrian fighters which have been sent to Libya, since Turkey abandoned its promises at a time when the Syrian mercenaries suffer from dire living conditions there.

SOHR sources obtained an audio recording in which a Syrian fighter in Libya said that he regretted involving in the battle in Libya and he called upon everybody wanted to come to Libya not to do so, as the Turks did not pay the monthly salary (2,000 USD). He said “Turkey paid our salaries for only one month. It has not secured any thing for us. Even cigarettes, we hardly got them. We stay in a house but we can not get out of it, since cells of Haftar’s forces are deployed throughout the area.”

All of us want to return to Syria. There are patches have already get prepared to leave Libya to Syria through Al-Sham Corps”, he added.

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