The Houthi rebels, recognized by the international community, and the Yemeni government have reached an agreement on the exchange of 1,081 prisoners, according to the United Nations. The pact is the result of the fourth round of contacts held by the parties in Switzerland last week, and according to the parties, several Saudi military personnel are on the exchange list.
“The delegates of the government of Yemen and Ansarulá (the Houthis) have agreed to the immediate release of a first group of 1,081 prisoners and prisoners of the conflict with a specific list of names,” the UN Special Representative said in a joint statement. UN for Yemen, Martin Griffiths and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
“Today is an important day for more than a thousand families who hopefully can welcome their loved ones back soon,” said Griffiths. “I would like to thank the parties for overcoming their differences in order to reach an agreement that will benefit the Yemenis,” he added.
Both parties agreed in 2018 to release prisoners of war and victims of enforced disappearances. “I urge the parties to press ahead with the release immediately and to spare no effort, seize the moment and quickly reach an agreement on the release of more detainees … This is just the beginning of the process,” argued Griffiths.