300 Turkey-backed Syrian rebels arrive in Libya

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DAMASCUS, April 11 (Xinhua) -- A total of 300 Turkey-backed Syrian rebels arrived in Libya to support the UN-backed Libyan government in its fight against the east-based army led by Khalifa Haftar, a war monitor reported on Saturday.

The new batch of rebels arrived on Friday, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The UK-based watchdog group said with the new batch, a total of 5,050 rebels have reached Libya since late last year when Turkey started sending Syrian rebels to join the fight in Libya.

Those rebels are being transported out of Syria through Turkey and later sent to Libya, according to the Observatory.

As many as 182 rebels have so far been killed in the battles in Libya, said the report.

The Turkey-backed rebels opened four centers in the northern Syrian city of Afrin to recruit fighters to be sent to Libya.

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. Enditem

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