Yemen Houthis hand over one captive Saudi soldier

Saudi Arabia on Saturday gave the Houthis 48 hours to hand over the soldiers.

Yemen Houthis hand over one captive Saudi soldier

Yemeni Houthis believed to be holding five Saudi soldiers captive have handed over one missing soldier to a ceasefire committee, Al Jazeera television reported on Monday.

Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter, was drawn into a conflict with the Houthis in November after the insurgents seized some Saudi territory, accusing Riyadh of letting Yemeni troops use Saudi land to launch attacks against them.

Saudi Arabia on Saturday gave the Houthis 48 hours to hand over the soldiers. There was no immediate word on the fate of four other soldiers.

Riyadh has said handing over the soldiers would help prove the the Houthis are serious about ending the fight with Saudi Arabia.

Saudi-owned newspaper Asharq al-Awsat newspaper quoted an unidentified Yemeni security official on Sunday as saying the handover of the soldiers, part of the ceasefire agreement, was expected to be completed in less than a week.

Last month, Yemen's Houthis offered Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter, a truce and said they had left the kingdom's territory. Riyadh later declared victory over the Houthis.

Reuters

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