Riyadh — The Saudi-led Arab Coalition Supporting Legitimacy in Yemen announced Friday the departure of two flights carrying Houthi prisoners to Yemen as part of a Saudi humanitarian initiative.
The three stages of transporting prisoners via air to Sanaa and Aden will complete on Friday. As reported by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA); the foreign fighters working behind Houthi lines will be handed over to their countries’ embassies, as reported by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
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The Arab Coalition declared it would release 163 Houthi prisoners back on April 28; as an extension of the Saudi Humanitarian Initiative.
The Arab Coalition said that an aircraft transporting 40 Houthi prisoners to Yemen; landed in Aden as a Saudi Humanitarian Initiative. The second batch of an unreported number of prisoners also arrived in Aden.
The SPA reported that the prisoners participated in combat operations against the Kingdom.
The transfer is part of an effort to end the crisis in Yemen and achieve peace, Arab Coalition Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Turki Al-Maliki said.
The Arab Coalition seeks to fortify shared efforts to maintain the UN-brokered truce, which took effect on April 2.
The delicate truce, which began on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan; continues to be held, offering a glimmer of hope in war-torn Yemen.
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The truce has led to oil tankers arriving at the port of Hodeidah; potentially easing fuel shortages in Sanaa and elsewhere.
The truce also involved a deal to resume commercial flights out of Sanaa’s airport. For the first time in six years.