Yemen Shi'ite rebels released 178 soldiers and civilians on Wednesday, a day after Sanaa accused them of delaying the implementation of a truce deal, Al Arabiya reported. A top Yemeni security body had said on Tuesday that the northern rebels were not fully complying with a deal reached in February, Reuters reported.
The prisoners were handed over in the northern province of Saada and they would be transported to Sanaa on Thursday, Al Arabiya quoted officials in a mediation committee as saying.
A rebel spokesman denied on Tuesday that the insurgents were using delay tactics and promised to free captive Yemeni soldiers within 48 hours, Al Arabiya television reported at the time. Al Arabiya said those freed on Wednesday included foot soldiers, officers and civilians.