A new batch of Turkish-backed Syrian fighters arrived in Libya to fight for the Government of National Accord (GNA), the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) revealed in a report on January 17.
In the report, the London-based monitoring group said that the new batch consisted of around 260 “mercenaries.” The vast majority of these fighters are likely personnel of the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA).
“The number of Syrian mercenaries sent by Turkey to Libya has risen to 2,000,” the SOHR’s report reads.
Meanwhile, Syrian activists shared a video on social media showing dozens of Syrian militants aboard a civilian plane, allegedly en route to the Libyan capital, Tripoli.
A recent report by the Guardian revealed that each Syrian militant deployed in Libya is receiving a monthly salary of $2,000 from the GNA. Ankara had also promised the militants a Turkish citizenship for their services.
According to the SOHR, more Syrian militants will be deployed in Libya very soon. Hundreds of militants are currently receiving military training in secret camps in Turkey.
Despite the deployment of Syrian militants, GNA forces are still struggling to hold onto their positions around Tripoli, which is facing a large-scale attack by the Libyan National Army (LNA).
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