TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement said it would on Monday release 350 prisoners, including three Saudi Arabians, under the supervision of the United Nations as part of a peace initiative.
A prisoner swap between the Houthis and the ex-Yemeni government was one of three pillars of a breakthrough deal reached in December in Sweden.
“Our initiative proves our credibility in implementing the Sweden agreement and we call on the other party to take a comparable step,” said the head of the Houthis’ prisoner affairs committee, Abdul Qader al-Murtada, in statements carried by al-Masirah TV.
“The 350 prisoners … are included in the prisoner lists of the Sweden deal,” he said.
The Houthis said on Sept. 20 they would halt missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia if it stopped its aggression.
Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia and some of its Arab allies have been carrying out deadly airstrikes against the Houthi Ansarullah movement in an attempt to restore power to fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.