Finally Houthi rebels have declared the unconditional release of 350 prisoners as well as three Saudi Arabians days after the Yemeni group claimed to have imprisoned thousands of Saudi troops following a surprise attack inside Saudi Arabia, reported by Houthi-run Almasirah TV.
The Houthi National Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs (NCPA) statement is aired by Almasirah TV, described the persons were on the lists of persons drawn up as part of the prisoner exchange contract agreed in Stockholm in December.
The UN-brokered prisoner exchange is one of the three pillars of the breakthrough deal holding some 7,000 captives on each side had stopped as the two sides as the Yemeni government and the Houthis and attempted to agree on its implementation.
The NCPA mentioned like this, “We decided to release 350 prisoners because nothing from Sweden agreement has been achieved. The release is going take place today,”
However, the Iran-linked group considered the release of the detainees a sign of kindness to the Saudi-UAE coalition, which has done intimidation in support of the internationally recognized government of Abd-Rabbu Mansur Hadi since 2015.
On Monday, Al-Mortada helped us to know as told during a press conference that the group released detainees contained three Saudis those will be delivered house under the supervision of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Most of the major areas in Yemen are under control of the Houthis as well as the capital Sanaa, they announced on September 20 that they will not be throwing missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabia if the alliance discontinued its actions but there is no response came from towards the coalition yet.
Nonetheless, a Saudi-led Sunni Muslim coalition which collects arms and intelligence from Western countries, got involved in Yemen in March 2015 following the Houthis threw out the Yemeni government from power in 2014.
Houthis has also claimed for an attack on pipelines belonging to Saudi oil giant Aramco previous this month although Riyadh believed Iranian authorities are behind the drone attacks.