صدى البلد البلد سبورت قناة صدى البلد صدى البلد جامعات صدى البلد عقارات
Supervisor Elham AbolFateh
Editor in Chief Mohamed Wadie

SOHR: Turkey Keeps 8000 Mercenaries in Libya


Tue 29 Dec 2020 | 03:27 PM
Ahmad El-Assasy

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Monday that Turkey has stopped the operations of returning the Syrian mercenaries whom it pushed to support the ranks of the Libyan National Accord forces to their country.

SOHR added that Turkey stopped returning such mercenaries a month and a half ago. Turkey is still keeping about 8,000 mercenaries in Libya, despite the cessation of the battles between the two parties to the conflict and the signing of a ceasefire agreement.

It did not mention reasons for Turkey`s keeping thousands of mercenaries in Libya, but it is likely that Ankara will use them again in light of the recent developments in Libya that threaten the outbreak of new military confrontations.

The Libyan National Army (LNA) said that the Government of National Accord (GNA) began to enroll more fighters in the past days, backed by Turkish weapons and mercenaries.

On Sunday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) published on its website that it has information confirming Turkey’s intention to send a new batch of mercenaries to Libya during the coming days.

The observatory added that since mid-November, Turkey has stopped returning those who were previously sent, despite the ongoing negotiations for a political solution after the Libyan-Libyan agreement on the ceasefire.

SOHR explained that the number of mercenaries that Turkey sent to Libya has reached about 18,000 so far. 350 of those mercenaries are fighters under the age of eighteen.

The report said that 10,750 returned to Syria after the end of their contracts and obtaining their financial dues, while militant mercenaries of different nationalities were sent to Libya; their number reached about 10 thousand. Among those who were sent to support the Government of National Accord, there, are holders of Tunisian nationality.