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Syrian government sends dozens of young men from al-Suwayda to fight in Libya

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Editing: Obaida Al Nabwani |
Translation: Nouha Salti
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Publication date: 2020/06/28 16:47

Al-Suwayda - SMART

The Syrian government sent dozens of young men from the al-Suwayda governorate, Southern Syria, to fight in Libya alongside the Libyan National Army, led by Khalifa Haftar, against the Government of National Accord, led by Fayez al-Sarraj.

Private local sources from Al-Suwayda reported to SMART that about 200 young men went to fight in Libya alongside Haftar forces in recent days, after they were recruited by mediators affiliated with the Syrian government, who offered sums of money the recruits.

The sources added that those responsible for recruiting the fighters told them that the goal of traveling to Libya is to guard and secure some oil and tourist facilities in Libya, provided that they return to Syria is three months during which they receive a salary of one thousand dollars, while those who participate in the battles receive an amount of 3000 USD.

The sources mentioned that some families started trying to return their sons to Syria after it became clear that they would take part in the battles, adding that the main motivation for most of the young men was the poor living and economic conditions.

Last February, a private security source reported to SMART that the Syrian National Youth Party, licensed by the Syrian government, is registering the names of young men in al-Suwayda in order send them for fighting with the Russian Wagner militia against the Libyan Accord Government. The sources added that the process of recruiting young men is carried out secretly because it is socially unacceptable.

Haftar has the support of Russia, Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Egypt, France and, more recently, the USA, while Qatar and Turkey support the Government of National Accord recognized by the international community. Turkey sent hundreds of Turkish soldiers and fighters from the Syrian National Army to Libya to fight against Haftar forces.