Yemen's Warring Parties Start Swap of 1,000 Prisoners


Planes carrying prisoners exchanged by the warring parties in Yemen took off from three airports on Thursday in an operation to return home about 1,000 men from across the front lines, the International Committee of the Red Cross said.

The Saudi-led military coalition and Yemen’s Houthi movement agreed last month in Switzerland to exchange 1,081 prisoners.  The ICRC confirmed that a total of five planes with prisoners have taken off from Sayoun, Sanaa, and Abha. “This operation that means so much to so many families is underway,” Fabrizio Carboni, ICRC regional director for the Middle East, told Reuters, speaking from Sanaa airport.“It is quite remarkable because they are doing this while a conflict is still active.”

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