المرصد السوري لحقوق الانسان
The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Turkey’s recruitment of mercenaries: Nearly 1,000 Syrian fighters arrive in Libya and 1,700 in training camps in Turkey

SOHR sources documented the killing of the first Syrian fighter of those sent by Turkey to Libya, in the ongoing battles in the Libyan capital “Tripoli”. He was killed while fighting in the side of the “Government of National Accord”.

According to information obtained by SOHR; the killed fighter is a member of “Sultan Murad” which is one of the most prominent factions among those sent their fighters to join the war in Libya.

The factions will keep the incident a secret, and will announce the death of the fighter as if being killed in the battles of North Syria, SOHR sources reported.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has been still keeping pace with the developments of Turkey’s plan to transport Syrian fighters to Libya to engage in the ongoing war there. SOHR sources has confirmed that nearly 1000 mercenaries have been already sent to the Libyan territory. Meanwhile, about 1700 recruits are undergoing training courses in the training camps in Turkey.

Also the recruitment has been still continuing widely whether in Afrin or the controlled areas of “Euphrates Shield”.

On December 30, SOHR sources confirmed that the number of conscripts that have been arrived in the Turkish camps to undergo training courses, exceeded 1600 mercenaries of the fighters within the Turkish-backed factions of Sultan Murad, Suleiman Shah and al-Mu’tasim Division.

They were transported from Afrin area after registering their named, at the time when the registration of more fighters widely continues, which means that the operation continues, despite the great focus on it politically and on media.

It is noteworthy that the conscription of mercenaries is a crime according to the international conventions issued by UN before about 30 years ago, which criminalize the conscription of mercenaries training of funding them.

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