For unknown reasons | Back-and-forth transfer operations of Turkish-backed Syrian mercenaries from and to Libya suspended • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

For unknown reasons | Back-and-forth transfer operations of Turkish-backed Syrian mercenaries from and to Libya suspended

Reliable SOHR sources have reported that the back-and-forth transfer operations of Turkish-backed Syrian mercenaries from and to Libya have been suspended. According to SOHR sources, hundreds of mercenaries are still waiting for permissions to spend their leaves in Syria, while hundreds fighters in Syria are awaiting to be transported to Libya. However, the reasons behind the suspension of transporting mercenaries to Libya and to Syria remained unknown.


On October 15, SOHR sources reported that amid suspending the file of mercenaries in Syrian nationals in Libya and the Turkish side continuous easing the conditions via sending batches and return others in a process of exchange. Several Syrian mercenaries stationed in Misratah and Tripoli spoked with SOHR via social media about their feelings of content and stability on the Libyan lands especially with lack of military operations.


They said, “our conditions are excellent. We play sport twice per day, and we don’t have any problems or battles, and we are good here.”


This content feeling came along with the continuous international demands of existing the foreign forces from the Libyan lands and the large media focus on the file of the Syrian mercenaries especially by the SOHR either those working under the Turkish wing or the mercenaries working under the leader of the Russian private companies.


On Oct. 9, reliable sources have told SOHR that a new batch of Syrian mercenaries, who had been sent to Libya, arrived in Syria on Friday evening, as nearly 100 fighters of the Turkish-backed factions were transported from Libya to Turkey, then to Syria.


This development coincides with back-and-forth transfer operations of mercenaries from and to Syria.


Observatory sources have also say that the factions arrested three fighters of the recently-arrived batch, claiming that the “fighters were having drugs”. However, SOHR sources have confirmed that the three fighters were arrested for participating in demonstrations in Libya, calling for their delayed salaries.


The recently-arrived batch also comprised fighters who were transported to Libya in 2019.


Accordingly, the number of Turkish-backed Syrian mercenaries who returned to Syria in less than a week has risen to nearly 520.


On Thursday, SOHR sources reported that Turkish intelligence continued sending the mercenaries from Syria to Libya and deport those in Libya, whose contracts were terminated, and those who desire to return back to Syria in an operation of organized exchange.


A new batch of Syrian mercenaries went out to Turkey via Hiwar Kliks crossing in north Aleppo countryside, and they arrived in south Turkey in buses in preparations to leave to Libya.


According to SOHR resources, the new batch was composed of 200 mercenaries who were members of Turkey-backed factions, while SOHR sources stressed that a plane has left Misrata Airport to Tripoli and then to Turkey. Meanwhile, SOHR sources stressed that an airplane has left Misrata Airport in Libya to Tripoli and then to Turkey carrying on board members of the mercenaries returning to Syrian via the Turkish airports.


Number of mercenaries leaving Libya to Syria reached 420 members during the past four days. SOHR sources knew that members of mercenaries of the Syrian nationals have reached Syria on the previous day after their return back from Libya on October 5.


SOHR sources also reported that Turkey-backed factions stationed in Olive Branch and Euphrates Shield areas have sent nearly 130 mercenaries to Turkey on October 6 to transfer them to Libya. The Turkish intelligence also has asked leaders of its loyal factions to keep the members on alert to transfer new batches from Libya when asked.


On Oct. 5, Reliable SOHR sources have confirmed the return of the first batch of Turkish-backed Syrian mercenaries from Libya, as an aero plane with nearly 300 Syrian fighters aboard landed in Turkish territory, then the fighters were transported later to Syria. The return of Syrian fighters from Libya to Syria comes as a part of the evacuation of foreign forces from Libya.


While this development coincides with the meeting which is expected to be held in Geneva today in order to discuss the file of mercenaries in Libya.

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