Since mid-November | Syrian mercenaries in Libya unhappy with suspension of flights to Syria
SOHR activists have reported that leaves of Syrian mercenaries in Libya remain suspended since the return of the last batch in mid-November, amid increasing demands from mercenaries to return to Syria, where they complain of their leaders’ mistreatment, as well as being underestimated by Turkish soldiers.
It is worth noting that the mercenaries’ monthly salaries have been suspended for five months, as their financial dues during these months have reached nearly 2,500 U.S dollars.
On December 6, SOHR sources reported that Turkish intelligence ordered leaders of their-backed Syrian factions in Libya to make a list of fighters to be sent in a new batch to Syria in a week. However, it was not known if it was back-and-forth transfer operations of Turkish-backed Syrian mercenaries or other batches would be sent to Libya to replace this one.
This decision came in line of the call of Syrian mercenaries in Libya to return them to Syria, fearing for their future under the framework of the Libyan-Libyan consensus and international calls to evacuate all foreign troops from Libya, after the Syrian mercenaries in Libya became guards and protectors of the Turkish forces there.
On November 19, SOHR activists reported that Turkish government continued deceiving Syrian, regional and international general opinion regarding its engagement in Libya war by sending Syrian fighters to Libya, despite the Libyan-Libyan consensus and international calls to evacuate all foreign troops from Libya, especially since the Libyan elections approach.
SOHR sources confirmed that the back-and-forth transfer operations of Turkish-backed Syrian mercenaries from and to Syria continue, although the mercenaries’ salaries were reduced greatly.
According to very reliable SOHR sources, a new batch of over 150 fighters of the factions of the Turkish-backed “National Army”, including al-Majd Corps, Sultan Murad and al-Hamza Division, arrived in Libya.
It is worth noting that this batch was sent to Libya to replace the batch which had arrived in Syria on November 16, as the recently-arrived batch was transferred with the same aero plane that transferred the other one.
On November 16, SOHR sources reported that a new batch of mercenaries of Turkish-backed factions left Libyan territory on Tuesday, heading to Syria by Turkish aircraft.
The new batch comprised 140 fighters who returned to Syria after suspension of back-and-forth transfer operations for nearly 15 days.
According to SOHR sources, most of the recently-returnees were of “Sultan Murad Division” and “al-Hamza Division”.
Moreover, SOHR sources confirmed that no other batches were sent to Libya to replace the recently-arrived one.