Libya crisis | Turkey keeps sending mercenaries to Libya, 20 children among 331 Turkish-backed fighters killed so far
Syrian Observatory activists have a spike in death toll of the Turkish-backed mercenaries who were killed in Libya. Two children among 13 fighters were killed in the past few days, the bodies of some of them have been brought to Turkish-controlled areas in Aleppo, bringing the total death toll of Turkish-backed Syrian proxies killed in military operations in Libya to 331, including 20 children under the age of eighteen, as well as some groups’ commanders.
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, a new batch of hundreds of mercenaries were transferred from training camps in Turkey to Libyan territory. According to SOHR statistics, the number of recruits who arrived in Libya has risen to 11,200 Syrian mercenaries, while nearly 2,300 others arrived in Turkey to undergo training courses.
It is worth noting that there are 46 Kurds from Afrin, including three children under the age of eighteen, have been recruited by Turkish-backed factions to fight in Libya. There are also thousands of jihadists of nun-Syrian nationalities have been sent by Turkish authorities to Libya, mostly are from North Africa
Meanwhile, “Libyan National Army” led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar arrested a commander in Al-Sham Corps, “Mohammed Al-Bowaydani”, with 26 other members under his command, mostly from Homs. The arrested commander and his group’s members used to operate in Homs and western Qalamoun under the banner of Al-Kateba Al-Khadraa (Green Battalion) which included many jihadists.