Yemen gov’t, Houthis swap names of 16,000 prisoners

Yemen gov’t, Houthis swap names of 16,000 prisoners

Alsahwa Net- Yemen government and the Iran-backed Houthis have swapped lists with a total of 16,000 prisoners as a part of a prisoner swap deal reached in Sweden last week, , the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Wednesday.

“The parties to the conflict have exchanged lists of 16,000, they now have six weeks to make sure that the lists are accurate, that those people are detained,” Fabrizio Carboni, ICRC regional director for the Middle East, told a briefing.

Each side’s list had 8,000 names of people they are looking for who may be detained - supposed to reflect “all” people in custody - but some may be dead, missing or duplicates, he said, speaking on return from Yemen.

Under the agreement, 40 days from the Dec. 11 signing, the ICRC will have 10 days to interview privately each detainee released, make medical checks, and arrange transfers to their places of origin by bus or plane, he said.

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