Yemen's Houthi group (Ansar Allah) said on Monday it would release 350 prisoners from the internationally recognized government of Yemen, including three Saudis, in a unilateral UN-sponsored initiative.
The leader of the Houthi group, Head of the Committee for Prisoners Affairs Abdulqader Al-Mortada told a press conference in Sanaa that his group put forward an initiative to the UN envoy to release 350 prisoners belonging to Saudi-led coalition of the other side, including three Saudis,” .
He pointed out that the prisoners to be released under the initiative are included in the prisoner statements of the Swedish Convention.
"Among the released prisoners are "all the survivors of the prison in Dhamar, which was targeted by the war of aggression at the beginning of this month.", he said.
He added: The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will take the Saudi prisoners released home.
He said:" This initiative demonstrates the credibility of the national forces in Sana’a to implement the Swedish Agreement. calling on the other party to take a similar step.
Mortada pointed out that this initiative by his group was due to the “significant delay in the implementation of the Swedish Prisoners Agreement".
He renewed the accusations of those he called "the forces of aggression" constantly blocking this file and rejected all the initiatives and proposals made by the UN envoy to implement the Swedish agreement.
He added: "The prisoners' file is humanitarian and all parties should stay away from its politicization and complexity whatever the political, military and security developments."
Regarding the prisoners who were captured by the group during the recent operation launched in the Najran axis in southern Saudi Arabia, the Houthi official said:"dozens of children prisoners in operation “Victory from God” between the ages of 15 and 16, who were pushed into the fronts by the aggression coalition, against all international laws that prohibit the recruitment of children."
He accused the Saudi-led Arab Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen of refusing to retrieve hundreds of bodies from the scene of operations in the recent operation, despite the coordination of his group with the International Committee of the Red Cross and provide all the facilities.
The file of the prisoners of the most important thorny files, included in the "Stockholm" agreement concluded in mid-December last year between the "legitimate" government and the Houthis under the auspices of the United Nations.
The parties agreed to exchange lists of about 15,000 prisoners.
However, the actual implementation of the agreement remains stalled, as is the ceasefire agreement, the redeployment of forces from Hodeida city and its ports, and understandings about Taiz, amid mutual accusations of obstructing the implementation, which was due to be completed in January.