Russia Recruiting Palestinians in Lebanon to Fight in Ukraine

(Media Line-Jerusalem Post) Majdi Halabi - Russia is offering $350 a month to Palestinian residents of Lebanon to join the conflict in Ukraine, a security source in the Lebanese government said Monday. Individuals connected to the Palestinian embassy in Beirut are leading the recruitment drive. Most recruits are from Ein Al-Khalwa near Sidon and are affiliated with Fatah, led by PA President Mahmoud Abbas, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Some 300 individuals have already completed rapid training in Russia and have been deployed to the frontlines. In addition, the Wagner Group has recruited Palestinian fighters from the Russian-controlled Khmeimim Air Base near Latakia. Fighters from regular Syrian military units supervised by Russia, such as the 25th Special Operations Division, are being paid $500-700 per month to enter the war zone. Hizbullah is also aggressively recruiting young supporters to aid Russia in the conflict in Ukraine, especially those proficient at operating drones and those knowledgeable in guerrilla warfare in urban settings.

2023-03-02 00:00:00

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