Syrian Fighters Demand Payment for Fighting In Libya

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Members of the Hamzat Brigade held a protest in the Syrian city of Afrin, demanding payments for taking part in the Libyan conflict, according to 218 News. They threatened Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Turkey’s leaders, should they not receive their salaries.

According to 218, one of the young men who fought in Libya, said that he did not go out for jihad, but rather to be able to provide for his family. He added that he belonged to the Hamzat militia, which was one of the first militias that travelled to Libya. Its members stayed for five months of the conflict, where many were killed during clashes with the Libyan National Army (LNA).

The protesters say that when they came to the brigade’s headquarters to ask about their financial dues, but they were informed that they had been dismissed from the brigade while in Libya. They were refused any compensation, with one of the fighters describing themselves as “slaves.”