Houthis say received no messages on full prisoner exchange
الأربعاء 05 مايو 2021 الساعة 08 مساءً / Yemeni Media Center
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The Houthi group said Wednesday it had not received any message from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) regarding a full prisoner exchange with the Yemeni legitimate government and Saudi-led coalition.
“The month of Ramadan is nearing the end, and we have not received any message from the ICRC on the full prisoner exchange,” Muhammad Ali Al-Houthi, the head of the group’s Supreme Revolutionary Committee, said on Twitter.
Al-Houthi called for a full prisoner swap with the Saudi-led coalition and Yemeni government if “they are serious."
On April 22, Yemen’s legitimate government expressed its readiness for a full exchange of prisoners with the Houthi group, calling for a clear mechanism from the office of the UN Special Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, to implement the operation.
On Feb. 21, the Yemeni government and the Houthi group traded accusations over the failure of negotiations brokered by the UN and ICRC to exchange prisoners, about three weeks since the talks kicked off in the Jordanian capital, Amman.
A deal was struck in Switzerland in September 2020, and hundreds of fighters from both sides returned home the following month in the largest handover since the beginning of the war.
The number of prisoners on both sides remains unknown. Yemen has been beset by violence and chaos since 2014, when Iran-aligned Houthi took over much of the country, including the capital Sanaa.