FILE PHOTO: Troops loyal to Libya's internationally recognized government prepare themselves before heading to Sirte, in Tripoli, Libya, Libya July 6, 2020. REUTERS/Ayman Sahely/File Photo
CAIRO – 2 August 2020: Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said Saturday that Turkey sent 17 thousand mercenaries to fight in Libya including 350 children under 18 years old, reported Al Arabiya.
SOHR claimed that Turkey continues to send thousands of extremist fighters to Libya to support the Government of National Accord (GNA), and recruit more fighters to be trained in campus linked to Turkish intelligence.
SOHR’s report revealed that there are around 10 thousand foreign fighters in Libya, including 2500 Tunisian fighters, while a new batch of fighters was recently sent to Libya, and another was sent back to Syria as fighters have ended their contracts.
The head of the Moral Guidance Department in the Libyan National Army (LNA) General Khaled al Mahjoub warned Turkey off any further military escalation, adding that the LNA will target any Turkish military activity in Libya.
Al Mahjoub asserted LNA’s commitment to Cairo’s initiative and the International calls for a ceasefire. News reports said that Turkish soldiers prevented 40 Italian officers from entering the military hospital at Misrata airport, as the latter was told to have special visas before landing in Misrata.