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Pro-Turkey ‘Mercenaries’ Killed in Libya Battles

Pro-Turkey ‘Mercenaries’ Killed in Libya Battles

Tuesday, 14 January, 2020 - 19:30
Fighters in Libya. (Reuters)
Asharq Al-Awsat

Three pro-Turkey “mercenaries” were killed in the ongoing clashes in Libya, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Tuesday.

This brings to 14 the total number of pro-Turkey fighters in the North African country.

The mercenaries were identified by the Observatory as members of the Hamzat group.

Various pro-Turkey factions are carrying out field executions against prisoners captured during battles near the capital, Tripoli, added the Observatory.

Meanwhile, some 100 militants are preparing to depart Turkey to Libya.

Ankara has sought to recruit mercenaries to dispatch to Libya to prop up the embattled Tripoli-based Government of National Accord that is facing a fierce offensive by the Libyan National Army, commanded by Khalifa Haftar.

It has attracted recruits by granting them Turkish passports and a salary of up to 2,000 dollars.

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