Syrian mercenaries in Libya | Rifts and tension among “National Army” mercenaries escalate and some members flee to Algeria over banning vacations and halting back-and-forth transfer operations • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights
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Syrian mercenaries in Libya | Rifts and tension among “National Army” mercenaries escalate and some members flee to Algeria over banning vacations and halting back-and-forth transfer operations

Reliable sources have informed SOHR that the Yarmouk camp which houses Syrian mercenaries of Turkish-backed “national army” in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, is witnessing an escalation of disagreements between National Army members as they are prevented from taking vacations to Syria and mercenaries’ back-and-forth operation are halted.

It is worth noting that many Syrian mercenaries have been in Libyan camps for about two years without being returned under back operations to Syrian territory.

Syrian Observatory sources confirmed escalating differences between “Al-Sultan Murad” and “Souqur Al-Shamal” members as their leaders continue to steal their salaries and also being not offered food allowances.

Two National Army members fled the camp, in coordination with smugglers, and entered Algeria illegally in order to reach Europe, but Turkish intelligence arrested the brother of a fugitive to pressure the fugitive to return to Libya.

 

On June 26, Reliable sources informed SOHR that the leadership of Turkish forces in Libya has informed the mercenaries of “National Army” factions, who are in camps in Government of National Accord GNA-controlled areas, of the cessation of back-and-forth transfer operations until the end of 2022 without explaining the reasons.

Turkish forces have also informed mercenary commanders that they are willing to send an aircraft only when necessary.

On May 9, Reliable sources informed SOHR that preparation was underway in the northern Aleppo countryside, which is controlled by Turkish forces and their proxies, to send a new batch of “National Army” mercenaries to Libya.

The batch comprised nearly 75 members of various Turkish-backed “National Army” factions.

This batch was scheduled to leave Syrian territory for Turkey late this week to transfer them to bases in the Libyan capital Tripoli, as part of a back-and-forth transfer operation, where 50 mercenaries would return to Syria.

According to reliable sources, the mercenaries would receive only 200 USD after their salaries during the past periods ranged from 500 and 700 USD to 2,500 USD during the war in Libya.

According to Syrian Observatory sources, the last batch of “National Army” mercenaries returned from Libya to Syrian territory nearly two weeks ago after their contracts ended.

It is worth noting that there are nearly 7,000 Turkish-backed Syrian mercenaries in Libya, operating under the banner of various factions of the “National Army”.

On the other hand, the Syrian mercenaries recruited by the Russian security company “Wagner” are still in Libya.