Saudi Arabia and the Houthis have exchange numerous prisoners in recent weeks amid peace discussions
Houthis announce release of six Saudi prisoners via Red Cross
A Houthi leader announced the release of six Saudi prisoners to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Wednesday.
"As part of efforts to resolve the prisoners' file, and to push for the implementation of the exchange agreement, the Houthi leadership today handed over six Saudi prisoners to the ICRC for their release," Abdulqader Al-Murtada, chairman of the Houthi Prisoners' Affairs Committee, said in a Facebook post.
The Houthis and Yemeni forces backed by the Saudi-led coalition agreed to a prisoner exchange deal as part of the UN-sponsored Stockholm agreement in late 2018. About 15,000 Yemeni prisoners were named in the agreement. Saudi prisoners were not included.
Saudi Arabia confirmed the arrival of the six prisoners to Riyadh with the help of the ICRC on Wednesday.
On Dec. 26, a senior officer in Yemen’s Ministry of Defense told Almasdar Online that the Houthis released a plane from Sana'a carrying seven Saudi soldiers captured along Yemen’s border with Saudi Arabia for a ransom of about 25 million Saudi riyals (about $6.7 million).
In late November, the ICRC transported 128 Houthi prisoners from Saudi Arabia to Sana’a International Airport as part of a Saudi-led coalition announcement of the release of 200 Houthi prisoners.