Yemeni Houthis 'to hand over captive Saudi soldiers'

Yemeni Houthis are expected to hand over five captive Saudi soldiers in less than a week, a Saudi-owned newspaper reported on Sunday.

Yemeni Houthis 'to hand over captive Saudi soldiers'

Yemeni Houthis are expected to hand over five captive Saudi soldiers in less than a week, a Saudi-owned newspaper reported on Sunday, following a 48-hour ultimatum by the world's top oil exporter.

Riyadh has demanded the Houthis hand over the soldiers to prove they are serious about ending fighting with Saudi Arabia that has raged since insurgents seized some Saudi territory in November, saying Riyadh let Yemen use Saudi land to attack them.

The Houthis, whose main battle is with Yemen's central government, agreed on Thursday to a truce with Sanaa, with whom they have battled since 2004. Last month, Houthis had also offered Saudi Arabia a truce and said they had quit the kingdom.

"The handover operations of prisoners of war after the end of the Saudi confrontations against the Houthi infiltrators are part of the ceasefire agreement between the Yemeni government and the Houthi rebels," Asharq al-Awsat newspaper quoted an unidentified Yemeni security official as saying.

"The handover operations are expected to be completed in less than a week," he added. Asharq al-Awsat is owned by a nephew of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah.

Officials at the Saudi defence ministry could not be reached for comment.

Saudi Prince Khaled bin Sultan, Assistant Minister of Defence, on Saturday gave the Houthis 48 hours to hand over five captured Saudis.

Saudi Arabia has also set as a truce condition that Houthis withdraw from border regions to allow the Yemeni army to secure the area. Prince Khaled said the Yemeni army should take up positions along the Saudi-Yemeni borders "to prevent the entry by infiltrating groups".

Reuters


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