More than 900 Syrian Fighters Return from Nagorno Karabakh
DAMASCUS – More than 900 fighters Syria pro-Turkey had returned to the country after the end of the fighting in the area the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute. This was revealed by the Britain-based Syrian war watchdog.The November 9 ceasefire ended more than a month of fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia over an ethnic Armenian enclave that broke away from control of Baku in the 1990s war.
Turkey has been accused of sending hundreds of Syrian mercenaries to fight alongside Azerbaijani forces in the conflict, although Ankara denies this.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) monitoring group, more than 2,580 Syrian fighters have been sent to Baku in total, 293 of whom have died.
“More than 900 fighters from the pro-Ankara faction have returned to Syria in several waves, the last one on November 27,” said the head of the SOHR, Rami Abdel Rahman. Al Araby, Thursday (3/12/2020).
The other fighters are expected to return home in the coming days.
“Fighters are returning to war-torn northern Syria under the control of pro-Turkey rebels, including Afrin, Jarabulus and Al-Bab,” said Abdel Rahman.
France in mid-November asked Russia, which brokered a ceasefire agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan, to clear up “ambiguities”, including regarding the return of foreign fighters.
A French diplomatic source, who asked not to be identified, at the time called the departure of foreign fighters deployed in the conflict a fundamental element for stability in the region.