300 pro-Turkey Syrian rebels sent to Libya to support UN-backed gov't: watchdog

Source: Xinhua| 2019-12-29 19:16:06|Editor: Xiaoxia
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DAMASCUS, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- As many as 300 pro-Turkey Syrian rebels have been dispatched to Libya and 1,000 more are preparing to follow, a war monitor reported Sunday.

The 300 Syrian rebels were moved by Turkey through its territory to Libya's capital of Tripoli, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Another 1,000 fighters will be sent to Libya from the Turkish camp to be positioned in a camp called Takbali in Tripoli, it added.

Turkey offers a monthly salary of 2,000 U.S. dollars for those who agree to go to Libya on contracts between three and six months, according to the London-based watchdog.

Turkey-backed rebels opened four centers in the northern Syrian city of Afrin for fighters to register to go to Libya, the watchdog said.

The pro-Turkey Syrian rebels are being sent to Libya to support the UN-backed Libyan government in its fight against the east-based army led by Khalifa Haftar.