SOHR Reports Death of 36 Turkish-backed Syrian Mercenaries in Azerbaijan

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On Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) has documented a spike in the death toll among Syrian mercenaries fighting in Azerbaijan, over the last 48 hours. During this time, 36 mercenaries were killed.

SOHR sources have reported that fierce battles and clashes are taking place in several strategic locations in the region of “Nagorno-Karabakh”, while the Turkish-backed Syrian mercenaries were sent to the frontlines.

Since the breakout of the battles in Azerbaijan, the death toll of Turkish-backed Syrian mercenaries rose to 64, while dozens of fighters were injured and went missing.

On the other hand, Turkish security companies and intelligence continue to transfer and train large numbers of members of Turkish-backed factions to fight in Azerbaijan. The number of fighters arriving in Azerbaijan has increased to nearly 1,200 fighters so far; the majority of whom are Syrian Turkmens.

Reliable sources have informed SOHR that the Turkish government has thrown Syrian mercenaries into the ongoing battles in the contested Nagorno-Karabakh between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

After having been told that their task was confined to the “guarding of oil fields and borders” in Azerbaijan, Turkish-backed Syrian factions have been noticeably involved in the Nagorno-Karabakh battles.

Several sources confirmed that Syrian fighters were sent from Libya’s capital Tripoli to Azerbaijan in order to take part in the fighting there.

On Friday, SOHR sources confirmed that a new batch of some 800 fighters have returned from Libya to Syria, after completing the duration of their contracts. Accordingly, the number of mercenaries who returned to Syria, after being sent earlier by the Turkish government to fight in Libya, has risen to more than 2,200 in just one week.