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Source to 218News: Turkey transfers its mercenaries from Al-Wattia to Mitiga base in Tripoli

A source told “218News” on Monday that the Turkish military forces at the Mitiga base oversaw the transfer of mercenary fighters of Syrian nationality from Al-Wattia base in the southwest to the Mitiga base in Tripoli.

Dozens of buses, accompanied by four-wheel drive vehicles for the commanders, and some protection, were seen as they were about to leave Mitiga base, before entering, carrying Syrian and Turkish fighters.

The process of transferring mercenaries from Al-Wattia and bringing them to Mitiga base coincided with the landing of two Turkish A400 cargo planes at Al-Wattia base on Sunday afternoon.

The source revealed that news circulated that the Tunisian authorities initially stipulated the withdrawal of mercenary fighters from the Al-Wattia base, in exchange for reopening the land ports with Libya, which are still closed until now.

This development came two days after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke at the Turkish Businessmen and Industrialists Association, in which he said that he is committed to the presence of his country’s forces in Libya, and that the credit for what Turkey has achieved is due to several factors, including the military factor, ignoring all local and international calls that demand the departure of all foreign forces and mercenaries as well as the creation of the appropriate environment for holding elections on their scheduled date, at the end of this year, as per the road map approved by the members of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum in Tunisia at the end of 2020.

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