SOHR: Turkey Reduces Salaries of Mercenaries from $2,000 to $600
The mercenaries were paid a monthly salary of about $2,000. Turkey reduced the amount to $600 amid the recent Libyan peace consensus.
The Observatory also monitored the return of a new batch of fighters to Syria, after the end of their contracts in Libya. The number of returnees over the past 10 days, reached more than 1,200 fighters.
According to its statistics, the number of fighters sent to Libya, has risen to approximately 18,000 mercenaries, including 350 minors under the age of 18.
Approximately 7,100 mercenaries have returned to Syria after the end of their contracts, and after obtaining their financial dues. Turkey continues to set up and train more fighters in its territory. The sources reported that the number of jihadists arriving in Libya reached 10,000 of whom, 2,500 were of Tunisian nationality.
On Monday, 7th August, the SOHR reported that a new batch of around 450 mercenaries returned from Libya to Istanbul, after their contracts ended. They were dispatched earlier by Ankara to fight alongside the Government of National Accord (GNA), against the Libyan National Army (LNA).
Ankara continues to escalate its involvement in the Libyan conflict by supporting the GNA, despite Turkey participating in, and agreeing to the results of the Berlin Conference, where foreign states active in Libya agreed to uphold the UN arms embargo.