Houthis Report Huge Prisoner Swap With Saudis Agreed Upon

UN-backed deal will release over 2,200 prisoners

A key Houthi official has announced on Twitter that a major UN-backed prisoner swap was reached earlier this month, including over 2,200 prisoners.

1,400 Houthi prisoners would be traded for 823 from the pro-Saudi side. This includes 16 Saudis and three Sudanese. Among the prisoners are the brother of Yemen’s President Hadi, and a former defense minister.

More details are yet to be made public, but reportedly the prisoner lists are to be exchanged Tuesday. A final date for the exchange has not been set, but would be announced by the UN.

A big prisoner exchange like this would be an excellent confidence-builder toward a peace process, especially if it happens alongside a proposed Ramadan ceasefire. If this all pans out, it could be the most positive sign of an end to the Yemen War in years.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.