Hundreds of detainees exchanged in Yemen prisoner swap

Published December 17th, 2015 - 07:34 GMT

Hundreds of detainees were swapped Thursday between forces loyal to embattled Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi and Houthi rebels amid a deteriorating ceasefire and UN-sponsored peace-talks in Geneva, AFP reported.

The swap involved 370 Houthi rebels and 285 pro-Hadi fighters, Mokhtar al-Rabbash, a member of the prisoners' affairs committee, told AFP.

"We have successfully completed the process of exchanging the prisoners," AFP quoted him as saying.

The prisoner exchange reportedly took place in the Yafaa district of southern Lahj province.

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