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17 prisoners released in exchange in Yemen

5 prisoners released by government forces, 13 by transition council supported by United Arab Emirates

Gulsen Topcu   | 10.04.2021
17 prisoners released in exchange in Yemen

ABYAN, Yemen

Seventeen people were released as part of a prisoner exchange late Friday between Yemen's government forces and a separatist council in the country supported by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Government forces and the Southern Transition Council (STC) exchanged prisoners through local mediators, according to a statement by the council.

The statement said government forces released five prisoners while 12 were released by the council.

The government has not made any statements regarding the releases.

A total of 200 prisoners were released in an exchange between the STC and the government in October 2020.

* Writing by Dilan Pamuk in Ankara

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