Yemen war rivals to exchange 16,000 prisoners
UN-backed peace talks between Yemeni government and Houthi rebels continue in Sweden
By Murad al-Arifi
Yemen’s government and Houthi rebels will exchange some 16,000 prisoners after 40 days, said a member of the Yemeni delegation of ongoing peace talks in Sweden.
Hadi Haig, who heads the Yemeni government's prisoner swap committee, said before the exchange names of prisoners held by both sides will be verified, including those who are missing.
"We hope it will be done on time," he said.
He noted that he had held a meeting with Abdul
The government delegation submitted some 8,576 names while the Houthi administration submitted 7,486.
Hamid Assem, a member of the Houthi administration delegation, told Anadolu Agency the exchange will take place at once.
UN-backed peace talks between the Yemeni government and Houthi rebels kicked off Thursday in Sweden.
Yemen has been wracked by violence since
Saudi Arabia and Sunni allies accuse the Houthis of acting as a proxy force for Shia Iran.
Tens of thousands of people, including civilians, are believed to have been killed and the UN estimates that around 14 million Yemenis are at risk of famine.
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