SOHR: Syrian Mercenaries in Libya Seek Direct Payment from Turkey - Al Marsad

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said in a statement on Friday that a feeling of discontent prevails among mercenaries loyal to Ankara who were sent to Libya by Turkey due to financial problems.

(Libya, 3 January 2021) – According to sources from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), calls have been mounting from fighters of the Hamza Division, Suleiman al-Shah, the Levant Front, and the Mu’tasim Division for Turkey to disburse their salaries directly as they accuse their leaders of deliberately delaying their wages.

The fighters also claimed that, according to the sources, the chieftains are deducting between US $100 and $300 from their payments in addition to often diverting their salaries, which they say is the main reason for the delay in disbursing their payments.

The monitor said that despite a recent ceasefire agreement, the return of mercenaries from Libya to Syria has been stalled for 43 days, especially from mid-November, and speculations are rife that many of them may return home by early this year.

About 18,000 Syrian mercenaries, including 350 children under the age of 18, have been sent to Libya to date. About 10,750 mercenaries loyal to Turkey returned to Syria after the end of their contracts and received their financial dues, according to SOHR.

The number of jihadists in Libya stands at around 10,000, including 2,500 of Tunisian nationality.

According to the war monitor, the death toll among mercenaries of the Syrian factions loyal to Ankara in Libya has reached 496.

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