Yemen: Houthi prisoners released in country's largest swap arrive in Sanaa

A plane carrying the recently freed Houthi prisoners landed in Sanaa on Thursday, following an agreed prisoner swap. The Saudi-Arabia backed Yemen government and the Houthi movement agreed to exchange 1,081 prisoners, including 15 Saudis last month during peace talks in Switzerland. The deal is the largest prisoner swap since the conflict broke out in 2014.​ Prisoners could be seen arriving on the tarmac to a red carpet, with a military band playing alongside. Some 15,000 detainees​ on both sides had originally been agreed to be swapped when the deal was first brokered in 2018. The five-year-conflict in Yemen has caused the forced displacement of millions and killed over 100,000 people, triggering the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, according to the UN.​

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