The number of Syrian fighters deployed by Turkey in Libya to support the Government of National Accord (GNA) has risen to 2,400, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on January 19.
The London-based monitoring group revealed that 1,700 other Syrian fighters, who are now receiving military training in Turkey, will be deployed in Libya soon.
Fighters of the so-called Syrian National Army (SNA) are being transported by civilian planes from Turkey’s Gaziantep, to Istanbul and from there to Libya. These flights are not being registered, according to the SOHR.
“The planes are moving as fake domestic flights … so no evidence of arrivals can be found if the International Court wanted to open an investigation on the matter,” the SOHR’s report reads.
A day earlier, Syrian activists shared a video on social media showing dozens of Syria fighters aboard an airliner of the Afriqiyah Airways, allegedly heading to the Libyan capital, Tripoli.
During the last two months, Turkey stepped up its support for the GNA, which is facing a large-scale attack by the Libyan National Army (LNA). Army troops are now a few kilometers away from Tripoli’s city center, advancing slowly but surely.