المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

SOHR: 1,400 Mercenaries Returned from Libya to Syria 

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) announced on Saturday that more than 1,400 fighters from pro-Ankara Syrian factions had returned after their contracts in Libya had expired.

The number of conscripts who went to Libya so far has reached about 18000 mercenaries of Syrian nationality. Among those mercenaries are 350 children under the age of 18.

About 8,500 of the mercenaries of the pro-Turkish factions returned to Syria, after the end of their contracts and taking their financial dues.

On Thursday, SOHR revealed that the total number of Turkish-backed fighters who had been transferred to Libya had risen 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.

In a statement, SOHR added 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.

On the other hand, reliable sources have informed the SOHR that the Turkish government transported over 300 fighters of the Turkish-backed Syrian factions, mostly of “Sultan Murad” and “Al-Amshat” factions, from the villages and towns of Afrin canton in north-western Aleppo.

The fighters themselves have said that they are taken to Azerbaijan in order to guard the state’s border in return for salaries of 1,500 to 2,000 USD. However, SOHR has not verified if the mercenaries’ destination will be Azerbaijan, Libya, or somewhere else.

Source: SOHR: 1,400 Mercenaries Returned from Libya to Syria – Sada El balad

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