Arab Coalition To Release 163 Houthi Prisoners As Humanitarian Gesture

The Arab Coalition on Thursday said they would release 163 Houthi prisoners as a humanitarian gesture, a move followed by a two-month UN-brokered ceasefire in Yemen in order to achieve peace.

“We have started finalizing the procedures for releasing these prisoners,” a spokesman for the Coalition, Brig. Gen. Turki Al-Maliki said.

Al-Maliki said that the prisoners would be transferred to the Yemeni capital of Sana’a in coordination with the International Committee of the Red Cross.

According to Maliki, the aim behind the release of these prisoners, who took part in combat against the Kingdom, is to support efforts to end the crisis in Yemen and achieve a durable peace.

“The move falls within the context of previous humanitarian initiatives, and also to boost the efforts of the UN to create an atmosphere for initiating dialogue between the warring parties in Yemen through ongoing truce,” Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted Maliki as saying.

A UN-brokered ceasefire went into effect on April 2 after six years of war that hopefully led into a comprehensive dialogue between Yemeni forces backed by Saudi Arabia and Houthi rebels backed by Iran to end the ongoing war.

Maliki said that Saudi Arabia is keen to address the issue of prisoners purely on humanitarian grounds, “away from political and military gains.”


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