New Yemeni talks will release 300 prisoners from two sides: Houthis

2020-10-19 | Since 11 Month

Abdul Kader al-Murtadha

Sana'a (Debriefer) - The UN is expected to call for new negotiations at which the Yemeni rivals would agree to the second phase of prisoner swap, head of the Houthi prisoner committee said Sunday.
The swap deal will include the release of 200 Houthis and 100 government troops, Abdul Kader al-Murtadha added in remarks to media.
On Thursday and Friday, the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) sponsored the largest prisoner swap since the war outbreak in March 2015 between the Yemeni official government and the Houthi group.
While 1,056 prisoners (including five reporters) were released, other 25 were excluded from the deal for unknown reasons.
The prisoner swap saw 15 Saudis and 4 Sudanese released.
On Saturday, member of the Houthi Supreme Political Council said his group was willing to carry out an inclusive prisoner swap with the official government, including the former defense minister.
"This is a humanitarian file and cannot be subject to any consideration," Mohamed Ali al-Houthi added, calling for dependent committee to investigate tortures suffered by captives at coalition jails.

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