Yemenis and Saudis swap prisoners amid peace talks

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The swap reportedly included a Saudi colonel and several Hadi loyalists in exchange for a number of Houthis and Yemeni Army fighters.

Yemenis and Saudis swap prisoners amid peace talks

It is reported that Yemeni sources have denied that Ansarullah’s Houthis delegation went to Riyadh for talks with the Saudi regime on Tuesday.

A Middle East based news agency Al Manar said the Houthis delegation did not go to Riyadh, but the delegation met near the Saudi border in order to discuss a possible ceasefire deal that would benefit both sides.

According to Al-Manar, the two sides met at the Yemeni-Saudi border, engaged into a long discussion that prompted Saudis to offer a cessation of airstrikes over Yemen in exchange for the Houthis to back off Saudi Arabia.

It also reported by Al-Manar that the Yemeni delegation refused the Saudi offer, insisting that all hostilities must cease in order to install stability.

Yemenis and Saudis swap prisoners amid peace talks

The two sides did agree to a prisoner swap. The swap reportedly included a Saudi colonel and several Hadi loyalists in exchange for a number of Houthis and Yemeni Army fighters, according to Al-Manar.

However, the European Parliament passed a resolution last month, calling on EU member states to stop selling weapons to Saudi Arabia over high civilian casualties in Yemen.

Several human rights groups have called US  to follow the EU parliament’s lead and impose an arms embargo on the kingdom since  8,400 people including  2,236 children, have been killed so by the Saudi aggression.

It is also reported that the Saudi airstrikes have also taken a heavy toll on the impoverished country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.

However, there are allegations that several GCC countries with western green signal have been funding and supporting terrorism in some Middle East countries to take over indirect control by installing a pro-GCC government.

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