Yemen’s Ansarullah agrees to UN offer for large-scale prisoner exchange with Saudi-backed militants
Yemen’s Ansarullah movement has reportedly agreed to an offer by the United Nations to implement a major prisoner swap with Saudi-sponsored militants supporting the fugitive former president Mansur Hadi.
“After the prisoner swap agreement signed in the Jordanian capital city of Amman on February 16 failed to be put into practice, the UN suggested that we execute the agreement in two stages,” the head of the Ansarullah-affiliated National Committee for Prisoners Affairs (NCPA), Abdulqader al-Mortada, said in a post published on his official Twitter page on Monday.
He added, “The first phase of the deal includes the release of 1,030 prisoners from the two sides, while the remaining 390 prisoners will be exchanged in the second phase.”
Separately, the Lebanon-based Arabic-language al-Mayadeen television news network reported that Yemeni army troops, backed by allied fighters from Popular Committees, had established full control over the strategic al-Khanjar camp in Yemen’s northern al-Jawf province following fierce battles with Hadi supporters and as Saudi-led coalition forces.
Back on March 18, the spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces said the country’s troops, supported by allied fighters from Popular Committees, had retaken Jawf province from Hadi supporters.
Brigadier General Yahya Saree highlighted that the liberation of the territory took place during an operation codenamed “God Overpowered them,” and that the achievement proved the ability and prowess of Yemen’s armed forces to impose new equations in a different geographical terrain, and on more than one front in a very short period of time.
“Our forces efficiently carried out all their operational tasks after having been able, with God's help, to move from the defense stage to the offense one through a comprehensive military strategy,” he added.
Also on Tuesday, Yemeni army soldiers and Popular Committees fighters repelled an attack by Saudi-paid militiamen in the Dhubab district, also known as the Bab al-Mandab district, of Yemen's southern coastal province of Ta'izz.
Scores of the mercenaries were killed and injured in the process, and a considerable amount of their military hardware was destroyed as well.