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Yemen government ready for prisoner swap with Houthis

Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr visits Marib after the city was rescued from Houthi movement, in Yemen on November 15 2016 [Ali Owidha/Andaolu]
Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid Bin Daghr visits Marib after the city was rescued from Houthi movement, in Yemen on November 15 2016 [Ali Owidha/Andaolu]

Yemeni Prime Minister, Ahmed Bin Daghr, said yesterday that his government is ready to exchange all prisoners with Houthi militias through the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

Daghr made the remarks during a meeting with ICRC President, Peter Maurer, in the interim capital Aden.

“The coup militias continue to reject the UN Security Council resolutions on the release of detainees including Defence Minister, Major General Mahmoud Al-Subaihi,” Daghr said, adding that “more than 3,000 people have been detained in Houthi prisons including children who were sent to the battlefields and were used as human shields.”

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The Yemeni prime minister handed the president of the ICRC a list of those detained.

Maurer said he would urge all warring parties to provide immediate and unconditional access to persons detained in the context of the conflict, noting that nearly ten families visit the ICRC weekly to report the disappearance of a member.

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