Yemen's Houthi rebels say seeking swap to free Sudanese war prisoners

Source: Xinhua| 2020-01-31 01:40:00|Editor: yan
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SANAA, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) -- Houthi rebels said on Thursday they are seeking a swap deal to free Sudanese prisoners of war detained while fighting alongside a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

"We have informed Sudan's government through the International Committee of the Red Cross that we have Sudanese war prisoners and want a swap deal," Abdulkadir al-Murtada, head of the Houthi committee for prisoners, said in a statement carried by the Houthi-run al-Masirah television.

"We hope that Sudan moves to press the coalition to free its prisoners," Murtada said, without specifying the number of Sudanese war prisoners held in Yemen.

There was no immediate comment from the Saudi-led coalition or the Sudanese government.

In December 2019, Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok said Khartoum had reduced the number of its troops in Yemen from 15,000 to 5,000.

Sudanese forces have been deployed to Yemen as part of the Saudi-led military coalition that intervened in the Yemeni civil war in 2015 to support the internationally-recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi against the Houthi rebels.

The war erupted in late 2014, when the Iran-backed Houthis seized control of much of Yemen's north and forced the Saudi-backed Hadi government out of the capital Sanaa.