SOHR: Nearly 250 Syrian Fighters Killed in Libya


The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) has documented the deaths of more than 26 Syrian fighters in Libya, bringing the total number of Syrians to have died in the country since January to nearly 250.

The SOHR said that fierce clashes have recently been recorded between the Libyan National Army (LNA) forces and Syrian fighters aligned to the Government of National Accord (GNA) on several frontlines in Libya.

The bulk of the Syrian casualties are from the following factions: al-Mu’tasim Division, Sultan Murad, Suqur Al-Shamal Brigade, Al-Hamzat and Suleiman Shah.

The casualties were a result of clashes on the frontlines of Salah Al-Din in the south of Tripoli, Al-Ramlah near Tripoli Airport, Al-Hadabah Project area, Misrata and other areas in Libya.

The SOHR also reported that a new deployment of Syrian fighters has arrived in Libya to fight on behalf of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA).

According to new SOHR statistics, the number of foreign recruits who have arrived in Libya to date has risen to nearly 7,400 fighters, including a group of non-Syrian fighters. Nearly 2,500 others have allegedly arrived in Turkey to undergo training.

Meanwhile, hundreds of fighters are being prepared to be transported from Syria to Turkey. According to reports, factions of the Syrian National Army are enlisting new fighters at the orders of the Turkish intelligence agency.

The factions that have refused to enlist their fighters for transfers to Turkey and Libya have had their funds suspended by Turkey in an attempt to pressure them to send more fighters to Libya.