Houthis deny others welcome coalition releasing 200 prisoners

Sana'a (Debriefer)
2019-11-27 | Since 2 Month

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Head of Houthi prisoner affairs committee denied Tuesday that the Saudi-led coalition had released 200 prisoners of the group, while another rebel welcomed the coalition announcement.

"As for the announcement by aggression forces about release of 200 prisoners .. we confirm that none of that has happened so far," Abdul Kader al-Murtada added on Twitter.

"We will explain everything on time."

Member of the Houthi Supreme Political Council welcomed the coalition announcement, calling for stop of "torture and arbitrariness" until all prisoners detained by the coalition are released.

"We hope the sent lists of the 200 [prisoners] are of those included in the Stockholm Agreement, but not persons jailed over individual lawsuits, such as residence offences, as happened in previous years," Mohamed Ali al-Houthi added on Twitter.

The International Committee for Red Cross stated that they had known of the coalition willing to release 200 prisoners.

"We are in constant contact with parties on this regard," ICRC spokesperson Hetherington said. "We're prepared to facilitate the repatriation of these prisoners."

Last September, Houthis unilaterally released 350 prisoners (including 3 Saudis), after the group had offered to stop missile and drone attacks on Saudi lands when the "coalition stops airstrikes on Yemen."

Since then, Saudi Arabia has been in unofficial talks with Houthis over ceasefire, in a bid to end unsupported war in which Riyadh individually bears the military effort after its Emirati partners have left the coalition.

Parties to the 4.5-year war in Yemen, after 8-day peace talks in Sweden, agreed to swap 15,000 prisoners.

The Saudi-led coalition intervened militarily in Yemen in March 2015 to reinstate the internationally-recognized government of President Hadi.

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