Saudi-led alliance confirms Yemen prisoner swap

28 Mar 2016   Yemen

A Saudi-led military coalition on Monday said it had completed a prisoner swap in Yemen, exchanging nine Saudi prisoners for 109 Yemeni nationals ahead of a planned truce and peace talks aimed at ending the year-long war with Houthi rebels.  The statement did not say which group the deal was made with, but the Iran-allied Houthi movement said on Sunday it had exchanged prisoners with its enemy Riyadh, as a first step towards ending a humanitarian crisis prompted by the conflict.  The Iran-allied Houthis are battling Yemeni government forces backed by a Saudi-led military coalition.

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