News ID: 274343
Published: 0125 GMT September 18, 2020

Yemeni warring factions hold talks on prisoners release, UN says

Yemeni warring factions hold talks on prisoners release, UN says
Martin Griffiths

Yemen’s warring parties started on Friday a new meeting on a United Nations-backed prisoner exchange deal, which UN Yemen envoy said he hoped would result in the swift release of detainees.

“The Yemen Prisoners & Detainees Committee meeting started today,” Martin Griffiths said on Twitter. “I am grateful to Switzerland for hosting it, to the International Committee of the Red Cross for co-chairing,” Reuters reported.

“My message to the parties is conclude discussions, release detainees swiftly, bring relief to thousands of Yemeni families,” he added.

The meeting is the fourth held by Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement and the former government forces, supported by a Saudi-led military coalition, who had agreed to release conflict-related prisoners and detainees at talks held late in 2018 in Stockholm.

The two sides agreed to exchange some 15,000 detainees as part of a peace deal brokered by the United Nations in Sweden.

Yemen has been mired in conflict since a Saudi-led coalition intervened in March 2015 to restore Yemen’s former government.

A Yemeni war monitor has released a report marking 2,000 days of Saudi Arabia’s aggression, saying Riyadh’s air campaign has taken a heavy toll on civilians and devastated Yemen’s infrastructure.

The report by the Eye Humanity Center for Rights and Development said 16,978 Yemenis lost their lives, including 3,790 children and 2,381 women, since a Saudi-led military coalition attacked Yemen in March 2015 to bring a resigned president back to power.



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