المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Turkish-backed mercenaries | Seven non-Syrian jihadists transported earlier from Syria, killed by “Libyan National Army” in Sabha

Reliable SOHR sources have confirmed that several jihadists, who had been transported earlier by the Turkish government from Syria to Libya, were killed in an attack by the “Libyan National Army” led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar on their position in southern Libya.

 

According to SOHR sources, the “Libyan National Army” stormed the headquarters where the jihadi groups were stationed in Sabha area in southern Libya where fierce clashes erupted between the two sides. The clashes resulted in the death of seven jihadists (three Saudi Arabians, two Libyans, one Egyptian and another Arabian jihadi of Australian descent). Moreover, two women (Egyptian and Libyan ones) were arrested. It is worth noting that one of the Saudi Arabian jihadists blew himself up during the attack using a booby-trapped vest.

 

On September 8, Reliable SOHR sources confirmed that the Turkish government cut the salaries of mercenaries of the Turkish-backed factions who desired to continue fighting in Libya. According to the Turkish government’s decision, which came in the wake of the Libyan-Libyan consensus, the recruited mercenaries would receive 600 USD per month each, after they were getting paid a monthly salary of estimated 2,000 USD each.

 

On the other hand, SOHR sources reported that a new batch of Turkish-backed mercenaries returned from Libya to Syria, after completing the duration of their contracts, bringing the total number of returnees in ten days to more than 1,200.

 

According to SOHR statistics, the number of recruits who arrived in Libya rose to nearly 18,000 Syrian mercenaries, including 350 children under the age of 18, of whom 7,100 returned to Syria after completing the duration of their contracts and receiving their financial dues. It is worth noting that the number of jihadists who were transported from Syria to Libya reached 10,000, of whom there were 2,500 Tunisians.

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