Houthis free captive Yemeni soldiers, civilians

The prisoners were handed over in the northern province of Saada that was the scene of most of the fighting.

Houthis free captive Yemeni soldiers, civilians

Houthis freed 178 Yemeni soldiers and civilians on Wednesday, a day after Sanaa accused them of dragging their feet over implementation of a truce deal to end a northern war, Al Arabiya reported.

A top Yemeni security body had said on Tuesday that the northern fighters were not fully complying with a deal struck in February to end a conflict that has raged on and off since 2004 and drew in neighbouring oil exporter Saudi Arabia last year.

The prisoners were handed over in the northern province of Saada that was the scene of most of the fighting, and they would be transported to Sanaa on Thursday, Al Arabiya quoted officials in a mediation committee as saying.

A Houthi 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.

Reuters

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