The British newspaper “The Guardian” published today, Wednesday, a report saying that two thousand Syrian fighters have arrived or will soon arrive at Libya To support the Al-Wefaq government led by Fayez al-Sarraj, in an unprecedented development threatening to increase the possibility of a civil war in the north African country, according to three sources in Syria, Libya and Turkey.The move comes after Turkey agreed last month to help the President of the Presidential Council of the Government of Accord, Fayez al-Sarraj, confront the Libyan National Army commander, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.
The British newspaper quoted the three sources as saying that 300 fighters from the second division of the “Syrian National Army”, from the Syrian-funded rebel groups, left Syria through the Kels border crossing with Turkey on December 24th, while 350 others left on the 29th of the same month. , Where they were taken to direct frontlines on The Libyan capital, Tripoli.
She added that 1,350 other Syrian fighters entered Turkey on January 5, where some were transferred to Libya, while others are receiving military training in camps in southern Turkey, noting that groups from the “Islamic Legion of Syria” faction close to Ankara are also considering going to Libya .
The Guardian quoted a source as saying that it is expected that all Syrian fighters will unite in Libya Under the umbrella of one group called “Omar Al-Mukhtar”, the leader of the Libyan resistance that Italy executed in 1931 and enjoys great popularity in Syria.
The same source revealed to the British newspaper that the Syrian fighters signed contracts with Turkey, which lasts for six months, compared to 2000 dollars per month per fighter, which are very large sums compared to the fees that the Turkish-backed fighters receive in Syria. Moreover, I promised all of the fighters to obtain Turkish citizenship.
Turkey also pays medical bills for the wounded soldiers and is responsible for returning the dead to Syria. So far, at least four Syrians have died in Libya.
Ankara and Tripoli have repeatedly denied the presence of Syrian fighters in Libya. However, the Guardian newspaper concluded that the Syrian fighters in the country were prevented from publishing any evidence of their whereabouts on social media.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said last week that Turkey itself has so far only sent 35 soldiers to Tripoli in an advisory capacity.
Russia sought to reach an agreement between the two parties to the conflict in Libya, to cease fire, as a meeting took place in Moscow, two days ago, which brought together Haftar and al-Sarraj (without a direct meeting), in the presence of Russian and Turkish officials, but Haftar left the Russian capital without signing the agreement, and asked Extra time to study the agreement.
On Tuesday, the international community’s efforts to find a solution to the Libyan conflict multiplied, and Moscow spoke of extending an armistice “for an indefinite period”, while Germany announced the holding of an international conference in Berlin.
The German government has invited the commander-in-chief of the Libyan National Army, Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, and the head of the Al-Wefaq government, Fayez al-Sarraj, to participate in the Berlin conference on Libya, to be held at the summit level next Sunday.
The German Cabinet stated that Chancellor Angela Merkel decided, after coordination with the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, to “hold a conference on Libya at the level of Heads of State and Government”, with the participation of Egypt, Russia, the United States, China, Britain, Italy, France, Algeria, the UAE , The Republic of the Congo, and Turkey, as well as representatives of the United Nations, the European Union, the African Union, and the League of Arab States.