The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TRIPOLI – Seven hundred Syrian militants from the so-called Free Syrian Army rebel group have refused to continue to fight in Libya and want to return to their country, American journalist Lindsey Snell reports.
Syrian militants as well as Turkish troops were deployed by Ankara to Tripoli in effort to aid the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), whose militias have been fighting the Libyan National Army (LNA), led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, since April last year.
Ankara’s move was heavily criticized by regional and international powers who deemed it as an escalation of the conflict in Libya and a violation of the UN arms embargo.
Citing a source from inside the so-called Free Syrian Army, Snell tweeted that hundreds of Syrian militants will return to their country in “several flights” in “the next few days.”
Their expected departure comes as they endured heavy losses at the hands of the LNA. More than 100 Turkey-backed militants have been killed in Libya so far, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
“Haftar is striking us hard. So many dead and injured. We want out,” Snell quoted Syrian militants as saying.
TFSA in Libya says 700 TFSA have refused to fight and will be returned to Syria in several flights in the next few days. "Haftar is striking us hard. So many dead and injured. We want out."
— Lindsey Snell (@LindseySnell) March 21, 2020