YEMEN Press Agency

ICRC announces exchange of 700 war prisoners between Sanaa, Saudi-led coalition

SANAA, Oct. 15 (YPA) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) – Yemen announced on Thursday evening that 700 of war prisoners have been released, in a prisoner exchange deal between Sanaa government and Saudi Arabia.

“We have succeeded so far, in cooperation with the Yemeni Red Crescent and the Saudi Red Crescent, in facilitating the transfer and release of more than 700 former detainees between Saudi Arabia, Sanaa,” the committee said in a post on its official account on Twitter.

Earlier in the day, Head of the National Committee for Prisoners Affairs, Abdulqadir Al-Mortada, indicated that 250 prisoners of the army and popular committees were freed from Saudi prisons and 220 prisoners from Marib province, in four batches.

Al-Mortada added that other 200 prisoners would arrive tomorrow, Friday, from Aden airport, in exchange for 150 prisoners will be released from Sanaa.

“It was supposed to liberate 680 prisoners from the army and the popular committees, but the coalition excluded ten prisoners from the prisons of Marib province, which prompted us to exclude ten prisoners of the aggression coalition in Sanaa,” Al-Mortada said.