Yemen warring parties agree for prisoner exchange

Yemen warring parties agree for prisoner exchange

Yemen warring parties agree for prisoner exchange

Written by Reuters

24 Jan, 2019 | 2:20 pm

Reuters-Yemen’s warring parties are expected to agree to terms of a prisoner exchange next week, according to an official from the International Committee of the Red Cross on Wednesday.

The prisoner swap was discussed between the Houthis and the Yemeni government last week in Amman, the capital city of Jordan. Both parties need to agree on the list of prisoners to be swapped.

Mirella Hodeib, the Communication Coordinator with the International Committee of the Red Cross, released the preparation work that the Red Cross has worked on for the prisoner swap at a press briefing in Sanaa, the capital city of Yemen.

She said the two parties in the Yemeni conflict still remain deeply divided over the process and details of the prisoner exchange.

“On the issue of the prisoner release and swap, the two parties are holding talks to achieve a result. On the list of prisoners to be swapped, agreed upon by the two sides last December in Sweden, there are about 16,000 people, but it’s not the final number. We are waiting on the final list to be concluded by the two parties,” she said.

The two parties have agreed to postpone the swap time until next Monday.

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