Saudi Vows to Release Seven Houthi Prisoners after Liberated Saudi Reaches Riyadh

January 30, 2019

The Saudi-led coalition in Yemen stated that seven Houthi prisoners would be freed, after a Saudi prisoner was released by the Houthi militia and he safely reached Riyadh on Tuesday.

On 29th January, on a Red Cross plane from Sanaa, Saudi prisoner Mousa Awaji was returned to Saudi Arabia due to illness, according to a Houthi official. This bit of information has been quoted by Abdulqadir Murtada.

Martin Griffiths, the United Nations special envoy to Yemen, appreciated the release of Saudi prisoner. He tweeted that he wishes to see such more identical humanitarian gestures from the Houthi group. He is looking forward to execution of a prisoner swap agreement.

Yemen’s conflicting parties have yet to concede full terms and regulations of a prisoner exchange program, one of the minimal controversial confidence-building steps agreed at U.N.-finances peace discourse that was held in December amidst Western pressure to finish the conflict.

The United Nations is pressing for the swap programe, and the enforcement of a truce in the main port city of Hodeidah, to make the way for another round of talks that would end a war in which tens of thousands of people have been killed in almost four years.

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