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For discrimination between commanders and mercenaries | Mass discontent and anger among Syrian mercenaries in Libyan camps

Nearly a week after his death.. Turkish authorities transport the body of a Syrian young man, who dies in Libya

SOHR activists have monitored heavy mass discontent among the Syrian mercenaries in Libya, due to the discrimination between the commander and the mercenaries, after the transportation of the Syrian young man was delayed, who belonged to Al-Sultan Morad ,to be buried in the area of displacement of his family in north western of Syria, where the Turkish forces kept his body in the refrigerator for nearly a week. Meanwhile, several commanders of Turkish-backed factions returned to Syria, where the commanders are allowed to return and their return demands are accepted unlike the mercenaries.

According to details, the young man known initially as “M.N.” from Al-Latamna city in Hama countryside, died by an electric shock in one of the Libyan camps on September 5. Meanwhile, the Turkish forces kept his body for nearly a week before transporting it to Syria on September 11, while several mercenary commanders were granted permission to return to Syria.

The Syrian mercenaries are still stuck in Libya as their return requests are refused, despite them demanding to return and to improve living conditions in Libyan camps.

It is worth noting that the mercenaries complain of suspending their monthly salaries and financial bonuses, in addition to the low quality of provided food and the lack of it.

On September 4, reliable sources informed SOHR that the Turkish government had been refraining from paying Syrian mercenaries in Libya for nearly six months, and was tightening the screws on them in Libya’s military camps by preventing them from going outside the military barracks, imposing severe penalties on anyone who tries to go out or escape using various methods of brutal torture by military commanders.

Turkey had continued to refuse to return mercenaries to Syria, despite the demands of mercenaries to go home, in light of their low monthly salaries and ill-treatment by the commanders.

On August 19, SOHR activists reported that Turkey stopped paying the Syrian mercenaries in Al-Yarmouk camp inside Libya for the 5th consecutive month, amid calls to organize demonstrations against the Turkish state for not being paid.

According to reliable SOHR sources, fear spread among members of the “National Army” inside Al-Yarmouk camp in Libya in areas held by the Libyan Government of National Accord, regarding the events that took place in “Euphrates Shield” areas held by Turkish forces.

SOHR sources confirmed that the Syrian mercenaries are aiming to organize demonstrations against the latest actions of Turkey, especially regarding reconciliation with the Syrian regime, and failing to pay Syrian mercenaries.