Saudi Arabia suspends swap of 500 prisoners with Houthis, says Houthi official

2021-03-22 | Since 6 Month

SANAA (Debriefer)--The Ansar Allah group, known as the Houthis, on Sunday said Saudi Arabia has suspended swaps of 500 war prisoners with it.

Agreements for 10 swaps of 500 war prisoners were reached with Saudi Arabia through local mediation in Marib, Jawf and Taiz provinces two months ago, the chairman of the Houthi national committee for prisoners' affairs Abdulqadir Al-Murtada wrote on Twitter.

Saudi Arabia leads a military coalition supporting Yemen's internationally recognised government against the group which seized power and the capital Sanaa in late 2014.

Al-Murtada's statement comes a month after the UN announced the failure of a new round of talks on prisoners in Jordan between the group and the government.

The talks began in January and the two sides were supposed to reach a deal for releasing 300 prisoners, including brother of president Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi.

The group blamed the failure of the talks on the Islah Party, an ally of the government.

The two sides released 1.056 war prisoners and detainees in September, in the largest swap since the war began six years ago.

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