Why Are Flights Carrying Back Syrian Mercenaries From Libya Being Cancelled?


The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that the return of a batch of 140 Syrian mercenaries from Libya has been cancelled.

This decision has ignited a state of discontent among the fighters who were supposed to return to Syria on 25 January, when their return was also canceled at that time. This is the second cancellation in two weeks, of the repatriation of Syrian fighters from Libya.

On Monday, SOHR reported that a new batch of nearly 140 fighters in Libya was expected to leave to Syria via Turkey, while a similar batch was prepared to leave Syria to Libya, via Turkey. The Observatory stressed that these mercenaries are not being withdrawn, as stipulated by Libya’s October ceasefire agreement, but rather they are merely being replaced by other fighters.