BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:45 P.M.) – Some Syrian fighters that went to fight in Libya have since abandoned the war and fled to Italy, opposition media sites claimed, as cited by Al-Watan.
According to the reports, at least 17 of the Syrian fighters have already arrived in Italy after spending a short period of time inside Libya.
The reports said that the Syrian fighters intentionally accepted the deployment to Libya in order to later escape into Italy.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), some 2,400 Syrian fighters have already traveled to Libya thus far.
Another 1,200 fighters from a number of factions in the Free Syrian Army (FSA) are expected to make their way to Libya in the coming weeks.
Last month, Bloomberg News released a story about Turkey offering contracts to Syrian fighters in order to help the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA).
Since then, several fighters have been seen inside of Libya, most notably near the capital city of Tripoli.