Turkey steps up military intervention in Libya

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Sun, 06 Dec 2020 - 11:31 GMT

There has been an acceleration in the movement of Turkish military cargo flights to western Libya, amid information about Ankara’s resumption of sending mercenaries. AP Photo

There has been an acceleration in the movement of Turkish military cargo flights to western Libya, amid information about Ankara’s resumption of sending mercenaries. AP Photo

CAIRO – 6 December 2020: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) has said sources revealed Turkey has stepped up its military involvement in Libya and will resume sending mercenaries to Libya.
 
According to sources, Ankara intends to send a new batch of Syrian fighters to Libya in the next few days, despite the ongoing negotiations for a political solution after the agreement on the ceasefire between Libyan parties.
 
The Observatory reported that the return of Turkish-backed Syrian mercenaries has been suspended for over 20 days, since the latest batch arrived in Syria in mid-November.
 
SOHR reported that about 18,000 Syrian mercenaries arrived in Libya, including 350 children under the age of 18, of whom 10,750 returned to Syria after completing the duration of their contracts and receiving their salaries.
 
The number of extremists transported from Syria to Libya has reached 10,000, including 2,500 Tunisians, to support the Government of National Accord (GNA) headed by Fayez al-Sarraj.
 
The Observatory indicated that 496 Syrians have been killed in Libya.
 

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