The Address | Benghazi – Libya
BENGHAZI – Hundreds of people to the streets in Benghazi in a mass demonstration on Sunday to protest against Turkey’s interference in Libya.
The protesters gathered in Al-Keesh square in downtown Benghazi on Sunday evening. They held signs that ridicule Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and denounce Ankara’s military presence in the country.
Ankara established a military foothold in Libya after signing a security agreement with the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) last year. As part of the agreement, Turkish troops as well as Ankara-backed Syrian mercenaries were deployed to back GNA in an effort fight the Libyan National Army (LNA, led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, in western Libya.
15,300 Syrian mercenaries were deployed to Libya so far, 459 of whom were killed in combat and 5,250 others returned to their home country, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.