Yemen Government And Houthis Agree To Swap Over 1,000 Prisoners As A Part Of Trust Building Step

Reports state that the rebels would release around 400 people while the coalition would free 681 Houthi fighters. 

Neel Raju Nalawade

October 5, 2020

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As part of trust-building steps aimed at reviving a stalled peace process the Yemen government and the Houthi rebels have agreed to exchange over 1,000 prisoners and detainees which include 15 Saudis. According to the news reports, this exchange of prisoners is the largest exchange programme in the five-year-long conflict. Earlier in 2018, the Yemeni government, backed by a Saudi-led military coalition, and the Houthi movement had signed a deal to swap over 15,000 detainees but the pact didn’t work as planned.

UN envoy Martin Griffiths confirmed in a joint news briefing with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)  that the two sides will now free 1,081 prisoners. Griffiths statement came after a 10-day meeting which was held in the Swiss village of Glion. Reports state that the rebels would release around 400 people, including 15 Saudis and four Sudanese. On the other hand, the coalition would free 681 Houthi fighters.

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