The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has freed seven Houthi militia prisoners and they were flown from the capital Riyadh to the Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa on Wednesday by the aircraft of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). This came the day after a Saudi prisoner who was released by the Houthis arrived in Riyadh.
The apparent swap comes as Yemen’s warring parties are still hammering out details of a larger prisoner exchange that they agreed last month as a confidence-building gesture at the first major peace talks of the nearly four-year-old war.
The United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, welcomed the release and said he hoped it would encourage the rapid implementation of the larger prisoner swap.
“The UN Special Envoy is very encouraged by this positive spirit from the two parties,” his office said on Twitter.