On September 22, the Houthis media wing announced that Houthi fighters captured two Saudi soldiers during raids inside Saudi Arabia. The two captives are Abdullah Bin Ali al-Sheli, an officer of the Saudi Army, and Za’r Mutliq al-Atibi, a Saudi soldier.
The Houthis stated that they were treating both Saudi soldiers as prisoners of war. The two soldiers called the Saudi government to exchange them with Yemeni captives in a video released by the Houthis media wing.
On June 24, the National Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs in Yemen announced that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have been obstructing a comprehensive prisoner exchange deal among the all parties in Yemen.
In a separated development, Yemeni sources revealed that dozens of fighters of the Saudi-backed pro-Hadi forces protested in the Ras Abbas military camp in Aden city on September 22 after their commanders refused to pay their salaries. The sources added that the fighters were also told to go home without clearing if their service is over.
The Ras Abbas military camp is mainly run by the UAE Army. It is one of the biggest military camps of the Saudi-led coalition inside Yemen.
The UAE Army was likely behind the decision for unknown reason.