Yemen Proposed Prisoner Swap Includes Brother of Yemeni President and 16 Saudis

Officials from Yemen’s Houthis on Monday said that parties involved in the Yemen conflict are negotiating for a possible prisoner swap deal, in which hundreds of detainees would be freed, including the brother of the Yemeni president and 16 Saudi Arabia nationals.

Head of Houthi’s Committee for Prisoner Affairs, Abdul Qader al-Mortada said on twitter that the deal, under the auspices of the United Nations, could free 1,400 Houthi prisoners in return for 823 coalition prisoners, including 16 Saudis and three Sudanese prisoners.

“The agreement will also facilitate the release of the brother of Yemeni president Abd-Rabbu Masnoor Hadi, and former defense minister Mahmoud al-Subaihi,” al-Mortada added.

The Houthis also declared unilateral ceasefire, saying there would be no missile or drone attacks on Saudi Arabia for three days, vowing to extend the period of truce if the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen stops airstrikes.

Recently, Saudi warplanes conducted airstrikes in Sanaa, the capital city to target Houthi rebels in retaliation to the group’s attack on Saudi oil facilities over the weekend.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres one day earlier condemned the sudden surge in violence in Yemen that left eight people dead, including five children and two women in Yemen.

Guterres renewed his call for peace talks, or at least a lasting ceasefire for Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting and praying to begin in April.

Saudi Arabia did not comment over the possible prisoner swap deal that could bring Saud-led coalition and Iranian-backed Houthi group to an agreement to help de-escalate violence.

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