Yemen Houthis say open to Saudi prisoner swap

Yemen's northern Houthis said they were open to a prisoner swap with neighbouring Saudi Arabia if Riyadh was committed to peace.

Yemen Houthis say open to Saudi prisoner swap

Yemen's northern Houthis said on Tuesday they were open to a prisoner swap with neighbouring Saudi Arabia if Riyadh was committed to peace, but said the kingdom had carried out more air strikes against them.

The Houthis would have to return six Saudi missing soldiers if they wanted hostilities to end, Saudi Assistant Minister of Defence Prince Khaled bin Sultan said at the time.

"The issue of the Saudi prisoners is not an obstacle if there is a will for peace. Perhaps the matter can be solved through a prisoner swap," the Houthis said in a statement on their website on Tuesday.

Yemen on Sunday rejected a ceasefire offer from the Houthis, saying it did not include "a promise to end hostilities against Saudi Arabia", with which it shares a 1,500-km (900-mile) border.

Saudi fighter jets carried out 24 strikes on 10 northern districts on Monday and fired more than 200 rounds of rockets and heavy artillery, the Houthis claimed on their website.


Reuters



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