EU Parliament Member Says Turkish-Backed Syrian Fighters in Libya Complicate the Crisis


A member of the European Parliament, Pablo Cassado, has said the European Union is concerned regarding the lack of peace in Libya, especially in light of the presence of a massive number of Syrian mercenaries, which complicates the crisis.

Speaking to the Al-Arabiya channel, MEP Cassado demanded from parties to the conflict a commitment to stop sending arms and mercenaries to Libya, adding that the EU hopes “that this call will reach all Libyan parties.”

Oil-rich Libya has been mired in chaos since the ouster and killing of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. It now has two rival authorities and a multitude of militias vying for control of the country.

The country’s internationally recognised government is based in Tripoli, while Khalifa Haftar, the commander of the Libyan National Army, is supported by a parallel administration based in the east.