Yemeni gov't swaps 22 prisoners with Houthi rebels

Source: Xinhua| 2020-08-05 19:16:45|Editor: huaxia

SANAA, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- The Yemeni government and the Houthi rebels exchanged 22 prisoners through a local mediation in the country's southwestern province of Taiz, a local mediator said on Wednesday.

A total of "nine soldiers and 13 rebels were set free on Tuesday," lawyer Abdullah Shaddad, one of the mediators told Xinhua by phone.

Both pro-government media outlets and the Houthi-run al-Masirah TV confirmed the deal, without providing more details.

Previous mediation had succeeded in achieving several swap deals between the two sides.

The United Nations is trying to resume peace talks between the Yemeni warring parties to end the more than five years of war.

Taiz, the second most populated province in Yemen, is about 156 km south of Houthi-held capital Sanaa.

The government forces control much of the province, while Houthi rebels surround it from the top of the mountains.

Yemen has been mired in civil war since late 2014, when the Iran-backed Houthi group seized control of much of the country's north and forced the government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi out of the capital Sanaa. Enditem