المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

After mediation | New batch of Ankara-backed mercenaries return from Libya to Syria

Reliable sources have informed the Syrian Observatory that a new batch of Ankara-backed mercenaries in Libya have returned to Syrian territory in the last hours. It is worth noting that this is the second batch of fighters returned from Libya in days, after the suspension of the return of fighters for two months, specifically since mid-November 2020.

According to Syrian Observatory sources, the second batch, which comprised nearly 95 fighters, returned after mediation by the leaders of their groups.

On the other hand, reports suggested that a group of about 200 Turkish-backed fighters gone to Libyan territory in the last few days, where they were secretly transported.

On January 14, reliable sources told the Syrian Observatory that a new batch of the Turkish-backed Syrian mercenaries returned from Libya to Syria in the past few days. This batch is the first one to return from Libya to Syria in two months, exactly since mid-November 2020.

It is worth noting that the return of this batch, which comprised 40 fighters, was not normal, especially with the ongoing suspension of return of mercenaries from Libya to Syria. According to SOHR sources, these fighters had paid bribes of an estimated 500 USD each to doctors in Libya in return for writing reports stating that their health conditions were poor and that they had to return to Syria. The mercenaries later provided these reports to their commanders in order to permit their return to Syria, before they were transported to Turkey then to Syria.

SOHR sources have confirmed that the mercenaries recently returned have got only a quarter of allocated monthly salaries, as each fighter was given only 500 USD every month instead of 2000 USD. Moreover, these fighters have not been paid any salaries for more than five months.

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